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High School Esports League, the largest and longest-running competitive gaming organization serving high school students and teachers, announced today an exciting partnership with eFuse — the professional hub of esports— to award thousands of dollars in college scholarships to high school students nationwide throughout the new year.

eFuse has committed to awarding over $200,000 USD in branded scholarships in the year 2020 through the #ForTheGamers Fund. The #ForTheGamers Fund was formed in collaboration by eFuse and HSEL as a way to enable the next generation of esports and gaming talent to turn their passion into a profession.

With HSEL as a partner, students attending schools within the HSEL network have the opportunity to win individual scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000 USD by becoming a member of the eFuse platform to build their respective gaming portfolios. Scholarship funds will be distributed by the Varsity Esports Foundation (VEF) as the official funding partner of eFuse and HSEL and can be redeemed toward the tuition of a student’s college of choice.

Mason Mullenioux, co-founder and CEO of High School Esports League commented on the new partnership saying

“Thanks to eFuse, our students will have access to an incredible platform where they can showcase their respective esports careers and make meaningful connections with fellow players, teams, and potential employers,[…] The ‘For the Gamers’ program offers young esports competitors more than just scholarships; it offers them opportunity.”

VEF Executive Director, Bubba Gaeddert also chimed in on the partnership

“With the eFuse partnership, VEF and HSEL have created an amazing alliance that proves just how well esports can positively impact the lives of young adults, […] eFuse’s $200,000 commitment has given us a strong start to the new year, and by collaborating with some of the biggest influencers today, while utilizing the highly-innovative fundraising platform Softgiving, we’re making it easier than ever for people to support esports in schools. We invite everyone to donate and help us award even more scholarships in 2020!”

Matt Pfaltzgraf, Founder and CEO of Softgiving said

“We’re thrilled to be the fundraising platform of choice for the #ForTheGamers Fund and its online community, […] We’re excited to support this important cause through our innovative fundraising tools and make an impact together with eFuse, the Varsity Esports Foundation, and the High School Esports League.”

Finally,  eFuse Founder & CEO, Matthew Benson had this today

“eFuse was founded in August of 2018 with the idea that anyone can take their passion for gaming and turn it into a profession. The #ForTheGamers campaign is our way of investing in the next generation of gamers providing them a pathway to do just that […] This partnership with HSEL & VEF is just the beginning in our journey to lay the groundwork for what is to come, and to begin to get these life-changing opportunities in front of the students.”

So far, eFuse and its partners — leading game industry celebrities, professional teams, and influencers such as LazarbeamRicky Burwick, and Seattle Surge — have awarded $10,000 USD. Esports fans and organizations in gaming, tech, and related industries can donate to the #ForTheGamers campaign to help raise funds for future life-changing opportunities. All donations are tax-deductible and support the organizations’ ability to continue awarding college scholarships to high school students throughout 2020. #ForTheGamers Fund donations can be made through the official Softgiving fundraising site here: forthegamers.gg.

Through eFuse, students that are a part of the HSEL network have a platform to build their gaming/esports portfolio. eFuse’s network connects players with potential collegiate coaches, professional teams, and video game publishers, creating opportunities for amateur players to find their way into the professional esports industry. For students on the verge of entering the workforce, eFuse additionally provides access to internship opportunities and “Virtual Job Fairs.” Members can also enjoy original gaming content and news coverage about the industry, with exclusive content such as The Spark Podcast, The Weekly Spark news roundup, and articles from leading figures in the gaming industry.