The $5,000 Live Streamer Scholarship was presented to Westside High School (Omaha) student William Koslaphirom by popular Fortnite streamer and Nebraska resident Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo
Lincoln, NE – May 14, 2018 – Find Your Grind (FYG), an organization dedicated to helping kids explore unconventional careers and alternative lifestyles, awarded $45,000 in gaming scholarships to nine recipients at The Bay skatepark in Lincoln, Neb. These scholarships were a part of FYG’s $450,000 annual gaming scholarship fund, the largest gaming lifestyle scholarship fund in the world.
To award the Gamer Grind scholarships, FYG partnered with Team Rogue’s Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, one of the most followed Fortnite gamers in the world. Event attendees were able to get autographs and take pictures with Nebraska native DrLupo, ask questions on how he made it big during a Q&A session, and some were even selected to play Fortnite with DrLupo on his livestream, which has more than 1 million followers on Twitch.
Check out video from the event here.
DrLupo also personally awarded the FYG Live Streamer Scholarship to Nebraska high school student William Koslaphirom. William attends Westside High School in Omaha. His favorite streamers are DrLupo and Ninja together, and he loves the fun environment they create when they duo in Fortnite. He will use the scholarship to pay for part of his tuition at the University of Nebraska Omaha and new streaming equipment. His goal is to do well in school, while maintaining a solid stream schedule.
DrLupo’s growth in viewership over the past few months has made him one of the most popular streamers currently on Twitch. His channel ranked #3 on the most watched list with over 1.4 Million hours watched in a single week from April 23-29. This was bolstered largely by his participation in a charity event in which he and other popular Fortnite streamers raised nearly $340k in 24 hours for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
“It means a lot to me to partner with ReKTGlobal, Rogue and FYG to help aspiring gamers in my home state and beyond,” says DrLupo. “It’s great to connect with kids and fans on my livestream, and I’m grateful to have opportunities like this to meet them in person and make a positive impact in the community.”
The Gamer Grind Scholarship is FYG’s first worldwide scholarship. In addition to William Koslaphirom, the eight additional recipients included winners from around the world, including Greece and the United Kingdom. The winners include Jessica Cummings, John Pagkalidis, Sophia Torres, Zachary Snider, Shawn Toyozaki, Titus Frederick, Matthew Woods and Jason Krell.
Jessica Cummings (18) is from Lufkin, TX. Cummings is a League of Legends player who started an esports club at her high school and has been its captain for two years. She aims to create an esports club at her future college, Sam Houston State University. Check out her acceptance speech on Instagram here.
John Pagkalidis (19) is from Leeds, UK. He is a top 1 percent League of Legends player. He will use the scholarship to get a new computer so he can reach his full potential and start streaming his games. He also attends local tournaments with a team from his university, Leeds Beckett University.
Sophia Torres (16) is from Oviedo, FL. Her favorite games are League of Legends and Overwatch, and she plans to use the scholarship to buy a gaming computer to help her become a better coach and analyst. She will also use the money to help her pay for college once she graduates from Oviedo High School.
Zachary Snider (20) is from Caldwell, ID. He is a big fan of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and League of Legends. He has volunteered at a local gaming conference since he was 14, and as a student at the College of Idaho, he grew their gaming club to the largest on campus.
Shawn Toyozaki (16) is from Las Vegas. Toyozaki is a competitive Fortnite and League of Legends player. He reached the top 1 percent of players in League of Legends and has a YouTube channel with more than 145,000 subscribers.
Titus Frederick (18) is from Williams Bay, WI. Frederick is a Super Smash Bros. player and tournament organizer. He has hosted two local tournaments so far and wants to organize a third to raise money to build a new playground for his community.
Matthew Woods (24) is from London. Woods is a League of Legends player, sponsored content creator and amateur coach. This scholarship will help him upgrade his computer setup and travel to esports events.
Jason Krell (26) is from Phoenix. Krell is a competitive Pokémon player who will graduate from Arizona State University’s sports journalism master’s program in the fall. He wants to translate his knowledge of traditional sports journalism into the esports community so that he can tell the stories of gamers of all kinds. His goal is to become an editor and teach younger esports journalists. He is also an amateur commentator for Pokémon.
Following FYG’s recent partnership with esports infrastructure company and owner of team Rogue, ReKTGlobal, the organization’s curriculum and events now include esports and video gaming, an industry that is expected to grow to $1 billion in the next year. The partners launched the largest annual esports lifestyle scholarship program in the U.S. with FYG set to give away $450,000 annually in esports scholarships.
“FYG scholarships are about stories not scores, and William’s story really inspired all of us,” said FYG co-founder Natasha Barritt. “Our esports scholarships are open to non-athletes and players interested in exploring gaming as a lifestyle path. We’re thrilled to support our current and future Gamer Grind recipients in pursuing their true passions and connecting them with programs and mentors to make their dreams a reality.”
As the largest annual esports lifestyle scholarship program in the U.S., the $450,000-FYG fund is open not only to highly-skilled esports athletes, but also teens with a passion and interest in esports, regardless of their education level or playing skill. Applications for the gaming scholarship fund can be found on FYG’s website here.
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About Find Your Grind
Find Your Grind has non-profit roots. Nick Gross and Natasha Barritt started the foundation in 2015 to empower youth to find passion and purpose. In creating Los Angeles-based programs, events, and experiential learning opportunities, FYG saw an incredible need to show youth what was possible.
Find Your Grind has now been propelled into the education space: writing curriculum, creating live events, and launching our widely accessible online platform.
About ReKTGlobal, Inc.
ReKTGlobal, Inc. is an esports infrastructure company that bridges the gap between traditional sports and esports, providing solutions for the entire ecosystem. The ReKTGlobal executive team brings decades of experience from Startups, Venture Capital/Private Equity, Sports, Media, Entertainment and Sports Marketing/Sponsorship. The company has offices in New York City and Charlotte, and has welcomed partners from the sports, media and entertainment industries.
For more information about ReKTGlobal and its subsidiaries, visit www.rektglobal.com.