Twitch Streamer Pokimane Donates $50K Toward Esports Scholarships
Imane “Pokimane” Anys is among the most successful streamers on Twitch as well as YouTube, rising to fame playing games like League of Legends and Fortnite while also attending college and studying chemical engineering. Now the streamer is looking to give back to her roots, using her success to help others grow in their endeavors with a massive donation to the University of California, Irvine.
Earlier this week, Pokimane has donated a grand total of $50,000 to the school, the amount specifically set aside to help fund an annual scholarship for students involved in gaming and esports. According to UCI Sports, the ‘Pokimane Scholarship’ will be awarded out to one qualified student per year, with the full donation sitting “for perpetuity in an investment account accruing 4-5% annually.” The scholarship will grant the student between $2,000 and $2,500 and is touted as the first one of its kind in the program’s history.
Pokimane explained in a press release that she enjoys being able to share her experience of how she achieved her success and hopes that the scholarship will help others find their own way as well. She explains it isn’t easy to pursue a college degree all the while placing a large emphasis on gaming and esports but, is happy to help support students who choose to do so.
I love being able to share my experience of how I got to where I am today in hopes that it will help others who are on their way. I’m also especially happy to be supporting UCI’s esports program because their students are focusing on gaming in addition to pursuing their college degree–which, I can say from experience, isn’t easy!”
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