USC Games announces fund to support Black, Indigenous game design students

The Gerald A. Lawson Endowment will support undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees in game design and computer science.

USC Games has announced an endowment fund to financially support and empower minority students in pursuit of video game design and computer science undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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According to the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering website, the school established The Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund for Black and Indigenous Students with the goal of “increasing those groups’ representation in games and tech industries.”

The fund is named for Lawson, who led the team that invented interchangeable ROM cartridges used in the Fairchild Channel F, one of the first home gaming systems.

Lawson’s interest in science and tech was sparked when a first-grade teacher educated him about pioneering Black scientist George Washington Carver. Lawson

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