Financial Support for Students of DigiPen Institute of Technology
The DigiPen Foundation for Education is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that applies 100 percent of all donations to scholarships and educational resources for students of DigiPen Institute of Technology.
Measurement of Success
Simply put, when DigiPen students succeed, the industry succeeds.
- In 2006, the independent research group enterprise of Seattle named DigiPen "one of three major contributing factors to the exponential growth of the game industry in the Puget Sound region from 2002 to 2006." As a result of this growth, in 2013, no other region in the U.S. had a higher concentration of interactive media companies than the 30 square miles surrounding Seattle, not even Silicon Valley.
- DigiPen graduates have been credited in over 1000 game titles like Portal, Portal 2, Scribblenauts, Forza, Gears of War, Halo 4, Left for Dead, Mario Kart 7, and Guild Wars 2.
- For the last five years, the college admission services company, Princeton Review, has ranked DigiPen in the top of five of it's annual “Top Undergraduate Game Design Programs.” For 2014, DigiPen ranked No. 3 on its list of “Top Undergraduate Game Design Programs,” as well as No. 5 on its list of “Top Graduate Game Design Programs."
- Since DigiPen began awarding undergraduate degrees in the U.S. in 2000, more than 1,200 students have graduated from its programs. Roughly half of these students came to DigiPen from out of state, and approximately 75 percent chose to remain in the Seattle area after graduating.
- The game industry in Seattle has continued to expand. Since DigiPen graduated its first class of undergraduate students in 2000, the number of people employed by game companies in the Seattle area has grown from roughly 7,000 to 17,500 employees.
- In 2013, the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County honored DigiPen's founder and president as an Economic Development Champion for making DigiPen "the cornerstone of the talent pipeline that fuels our local interactive media industry" and for making "significant contributions to the development of the regional economy.
- Since the Independent Game Festival began its Student Showcase in 2001, it has granted 44 awards to 34 DigiPen student projects, more than any other school in the world. DigiPen games have earned the coveted “Best Student Game” title for three of the six years that the IGF has awarded it, and have even won awards in categories competing against professional developers – making DigiPen one of the only schools in the world to do so.
What Does It Take to Teach a DigiPen Student?
DigiPen's educational programs pose unique challenges and require significant resources.
- DigiPen hires experienced faculty members with strong backgrounds in both academia and industry. DigiPen pays these instructors salaries that are competitive with the industry to attract the most experienced and capable individuals.
- DigiPen students have access to top-tier educational resources, including an Academic Support Center with free tutoring options, state-of-the-art facilities at our Redmond campus, and industry-standard hardware and software tools.
- DigiPen's programs are extremely rigorous, and require a heavy course load which can preclude students from working while studying full-time.
- For the 2013-2014 academic year, DigiPen awarded approximately $1.1M of need-based and merit-based scholarships for incoming and current students, and DigiPen has earmarked $1.6M for the 2014-2015 academic year.
With your gift, you affirm that you value the power of education to change lives. You understand the challenges that students face in paying for their education, and you've decided to be a part of the solution. We look forward to working with you to help our students succeed – in the classroom, in the workplace, and beyond.
All donations will be directed into the General Scholarship fund.