Jackson State University (JSU) will host more than 100 local high school students in the Summer 2022 Corners to College HBCU program. Presented by The Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA), the program is a one-week overnight program that will inform students of the growing world of eSports gaming and immerse them in HBCU culture and curriculum.
It also prepares students for competitive eSports careers and lets students contribute to real-case studies and projects from BCGA corporate partners.
“The gaming industry is a huge untapped market for people of color,” says Dr. Almesha Campbell, JSU assistant vice president for research and economic development. Campbell says the gaming industry was a way HBCUs could potentially create generational wealth, through recruiting and offering scholarships to gamers.
To be selected for the program, students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, two letters of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor and a community representative or non-profit.
In 2021, the global eSports market was valued at just over $1.08 billion, an almost 50% increase from the previous year, according to Statista.
“Due to this high market value, it is important for us to start preparing students to understand the business side of eSports, engage in internships at these gaming companies, and compete for scholarships, etc.,” said Campbell.