Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio became the first university to announce it would offer scholarships for students who can play "Fortnite Battle Royale" well starting in the fall of 2018.
Ashland University is one of 66 colleges and universities in the U.S. that have joined the National Association of Collegiate Esports since it was founded in 2016. The schools recruit esports players the same way they would a varsity athlete, and many of the athletes receive scholarships as their traditional-sports counterparts would.
Ashland University is building a new gaming centre for the e-sports program complete with 25 gaming stations. The e-sports program offers scholarships of up to $4,000. A year of tuition and room and board at Ashland University for a traditional undergraduate costs around $30,000.
Who would have guessed that? Definitely not me! Ashland University in Ohio is the first to offer the best fortnite players a scholarship of $4,000 if they join their newly formed esports program and compete on a squad’s team of four. This team will join their other esports offerings, Overwatch, and League of Legends. Open try-outs for the squad will be announced sometime in the future. The university is small with only 4,600 students with a university ranking of 223rd in the country, some say this is a marketing tool which it probably is. What is your opinions on universities offering scholarships for Esports, let us know down below and tag 3 friends who doesn’t know!