Robert Morris University’s video game scholarships make exactly as much sense to me as sports scholarships.
“It’s a team sport,” Melcher said. “There’s strategy involved. You have to know your role in the game. Obviously it’s not cardiovascular in any way, but it’s mental. There are elements that go into it that are just like any other sport.”
Since news of the scholarships broke last week, Melcher said, the school has received hundreds of inquiries from prospective e-athletes. University President Michael Viollt said the video game team could be a way to reach a population underserved by higher education — technologically minded young men who aren’t into team sports, and who need an extra boost to get to college and stay there. —Chicago Tribune