Spin Master has announced a new initiative to support the education and career advancement of individuals from underrepresented communities in the fields of toys, entertainment, and digital games.
As part of the Spin Master Future of Play Scholarship program, the company has committed investing up to $100,000 annually in financial aid, as well as mentorship and on-the-job experience. Spin Master will grant eight scholarships per year; three in the entertainment field, one for gaming, and four for toys — with two given to recipients in the U.S. and two in Canada.
The aid will be available to individuals from underrepresented groups — including BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, and indigent students seeking post-secondary education within the fields of toy design, animation, creative production, digital gaming, and app development, agnostic of post-secondary institution.
The scholarship will not only provide financial support but the opportunity for recipients to secure an internship at Spin Master and potentially be hired full-time after completing their studies.
Judging committees with representation from each discipline will decide the winners using a specific set of criteria established by Spin Master for each award. Members from the employee resource group for diversity and inclusion, the respective creative center and talent acquisition will review the submissions.
Applications are now open for fall 2021 enrollment and will close on July 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST.
“Spin Master’s goal is to improve diverse representation within the children’s entertainment industry,” said Tara Deakin, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “We’re committed to enriching the lives of kids and their families, sharing diverse stories and fostering a unique and inclusive culture. The Spin Master Future of Play Scholarship embodies these values while also nurturing relationships with talented and passionate individuals who may not have access to the funds they need to pursue their dreams.”