Find Your Grind (FYG), an organization dedicated to helping kids explore unconventional careers and alternative lifestyles, awarded its first ever eSports scholarship to Jackson Liberty High School junior, Thomas Ferullo. FYG awarded the $5,000-scholarship to Ferullo at the John P. Stevens High School (Edison, NJ) stop of the Jostens Renaissance Find Your Grind Tour, which focuses on connecting, inspiring and educating youth on 21st century career possibilities.
Following its recent partnership with eSports infrastructure company ReKTGlobal, FYG’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.
Ferullo, the first recipient of the eSports scholarship program, takes several AP classes, is a captain of the Jackson Liberty High School swim team and is on the lacrosse team. He enjoys gaming and plans to pursue a degree in programming this fall. He is the creator of the gaming site, Ferullogaming, and loves playing Smite and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
As the largest annual esports lifestyle scholarship program in the U.S., the 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. To provide additional resources to encourage youth to pursue their passion of gaming, FYG’s partnership with ReKTGlobal will bring esports to the organization’s wide range of programs that excite the passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the next generation. ReKTGlobal will help FYG connect passionate youth with mentors ? from esports pro video gamers and leaders to game developers ? and expand upon the current FYG curriculum by connecting young talent with opportunities in the booming esports industry,
“FYG scholarships are about stories not scores, and the recipient of our first-ever esports scholarship is a perfect example of this,” 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 Thomas and future recipients in continuing to pursue their true passions and connecting them with the programs and mentors to help make their dreams a reality.”