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2013 Winner - Alicia Cano

Alicia Cano, University of Central Florida

2013 Winner of the $10,000 Penny Arcade Scholarship

Penny Arcade announces;

“Orlando, FL– Alicia Cano, a recent graduate of UCF’s graduate game-development program, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), is the national recipient of the 2013 Penny Arcade Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $10,000.

The Penny Arcade Scholarship was established in 2007 to recognize students who have the most potential to positively impact the video game industry.

Cano, who was in the programming track at FIEA, was one of 57 student producers, programmers and artists that graduated FIEA on Dec. 13, 2013. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in computer engineering in 2007 and is currently a programmer at local game developer Iron Galaxy Orlando.

“I’m thrilled to receive this scholarship and happy that Penny Arcade recognized my desire to make a difference in video games,” Cano said.

Winners must be a full-time student at an accredited university at the time of application and maintain a minimum of a 3.3 GPA. Previous winners include FIEA alumnus Hunter Hart, who was the 2011 recipient.

The Penny Arcade was founded in 1998 as a web comic created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Since their debut they have expanded Penny Arcade to include Child’s Play, a children’s charity, and Penny Arcade eXpo (or PAX) an annual gaming convention.”

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Details on the Scholarship;

Am I eligible for the scholarship?

As long as you meet the following criteria, yes!

  1. Must be a full-time student attending an accredited college or university in the United States during the 2013-2014 academic school year (you must be currently enrolled in a program to be eligible; high school seniors are not eligible).
  2. Must have the intention to enter the game industry in some capacity.
  3. Major: Any field.
  4. GPA: 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale.

Can I apply for someone else or on behalf of someone else?

No. The application and letter must be completed by the intended recipient of the scholarship.

When will the winner be notified?

A congratulatory letter will be sent in July of that year. The award is contingent upon your written acceptance, to be returned within three weeks of the date of the letter.

What if I have a question that isn’t on this FAQ?

Feel free to send an email to