The Entertainment Software Association Foundation announced the winners of its 2012-2013 scholarship awards for young game developers.

The ESA is video game industry’s lobbying group. As part of its wider mission, its ESA Foundation uses interactive software to advance “social change” across the country. Part of that mission is to increase diversity in the game developer community by promoting the education of women and minorities.

That’s where these scholarships come in.

“We are proud to support these outstanding students as they follow their academic and professional dreams,” said ESA president Michel D. Gallagher. “By providing access to critical education and technical skills, the scholarship program helps to cultivate young, ambitious game developers and future leaders of our industry. These scholarship recipients represent the next generation of innovative thinkers, who will create games and technologies that will drive our industry’s continued growth and success.”

The ESA awarded each student $3,000 that will go toward their education. The recipients represent a wide range of race and religion. Nearly every game-related discipline is also represented by these winners. Educational majors include computer science, animation, digital media, visual effects, 3D modeling, game art, and game design.