Erika Salazar Gutierrez Receives AIAS WomenIn Scholarship

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On Friday, Aug. 5, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation announced its 2022 class of foundation scholars. Among this year’s scholarship recipients is CalArts student Erika Salazar Gutierrez (Film/Video BFA 26), who has been awarded a WomenIn Scholarship.

The foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), recognizes outstanding students and early professionals whose careers are dedicated to the video game industry’s advancement. The 11 recipients each receive $2,500 or a travel stipend to a video games conference, and the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program. Awardees are also eligible to participate in networking and training at the 2023 D.I.C.E. Summit and 26th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards show.

AIAS offers three awards for its scholarship class: the AIAS Foundation Scholarships, the WomenIn Scholarships, and the Girls for Gaming Scholarship. More about the WomenIn Scholarships from the official press release:

The WomenIn Scholarships, supported by Intel, are a collaborative effort to attract, retain and advance women in the interactive entertainment industry by supporting their education and professional development. This initiative provides support to female students and early career gaming professionals through its mentoring program, education, and scholarships. 

Gutierrez is awarded alongside the following 2022 scholars: 

  • Shan Jiang, Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center
  • Sara Runyan, University of Utah
  • Anna Salieva, Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center
  • Sarah Slovak, New York University, Game Center
  • Haiyang Yu, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation

Learn more at AIAS’s official announcement.

PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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