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.