Each year, NASAGA awards scholarships for some first-time attendees.
NASAGA Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
The NASAGA Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship was established in 2020 to open any actual or perceived gates in our community for people living in North America with marginalized identities. This scholarship covers conference registration fees for the recipients.
At NASAGA, fairness and equity are key values. In our games, we recognize the importance of the system engine underlying the game environment. A character may have highly beneficial stats in certain attributes, but if the environment is set up against them to constantly sap their stamina based on a stat they’re not specced for, game play will be devastatingly unfair. We realize that our brothers and sisters with marginalized identities are facing this very challenge every day through systemic discrimination and oppression. We are uniting to focus our support on those who face the deepest hits to their stamina. We welcome increased diversity in our community and want to specifically support and encourage Diversity and Inclusion in our educational gaming world.
Judee Blohm Scholarship
Judee Blohm was the backbone of NASAGA until her passing in July of 2013. She was long-time Editor of SIMAGES as well as Editor and facilitator of the NASAGA Training Activity book. She was an inspiration, a mentor, and a very creative person. The Judee Blohm award honors her life and dedication by providing free conference registration in her name to those who share her love of games and learning. This year, awards will be given in the amount of full conference registration.
Richard Powers Scholarship
Richard Powers was a novelist, playwright, mime performer, professor, wide-ranging educator, and game designer. He was introduced to NASAGA simulation and gaming in 1975, when he stepped into a crowded elevator and was drawn into learning how to play a numbers game. Upon his passing March 2014, a fund was created in his honor and now provides NASAGA conference registration, travel, and lodging to those who share his interest in simulation and gaming as well as apply that interest to the fields of social justice and/or sustainability. Awards will be given in the amount of full conference registration and a stipend to be applied to travel and/or lodging.
Donate to the scholarship raffle!
NASAGA holds this raffle during its conference to raise funds for the scholarship program, which increases participation in the conference by paying conference fees for scholarship winners. You can play a part in increasing conference participation by donating items to the 2020 raffle.
If you are unsure of what to donate, the following list of items are examples of made for previous conference auctions:
- Training books and/or materials
- Hours of professional consultation or work (e.g. coaching, web design, graphics, writing/editing)
- Participation to a training, course or webinar
- Commercial games
- Gift baskets with homemade goods
You do not have to attend the conference to donate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to donate something.