Finalists Face Final Round at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

For 15 high school students, the daunting prospect of paying for higher education is about to get easier. More details after the jump.

As the finalists in the first round of competition, they will travel to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort January 14-16 and face-off in a series of online games to win up to $10,000 in scholarship money.   This innovative online program leverages American students’ favorite leisure activity – video games – for a chance to earn money to pay for college, launched in November 2010 with a mission of helping students tackle escalating educational costs by providing scholarships to winners of various online game competitions.

The finalists represent a broad cross-section of American students united in their desire to further their education and in their love of games:

Student Age School Hometown
Eric Martina 17 Waubonsie Valley High School Aurora IL
Erik Leiden 17 Avon Lake High School Avon Lake OH
Nicole  Ferguson 16 Dexter High School Dexter MI
Thidarhod Tep 17 Westfield High School Houston TX
Clifton O’Malley 18 Red Bank Regional High School Little Silver NJ
Patrick Moore 17 Red Bank Regional High School Little Silver NJ
William Ferguson 17 Red Bank Regional High School Little Silver NJ
Michael Peven 17 Monroe High School Monroe MI
Tyler Hensley 17 Monroe High School Monroe MI
Thomas Smith 18 Naperville North High School Naperville IL
Michael Marks 18 Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School Sheboygan WI
Andrew Kamp 17 Red Bank Regional High School Shrewsbury NJ
Christopher Prestol 17 Union City High School Union City NJ
Charles Coombs Esmail 18 Home school Whitehall PA
Dylan Phillips 17 Montoursville Area High School Williamsport PA

“The problem of skyrocketing educational costs can be managed if we all commit to developing creative solutions,” said Angelo Tartaro, founder and CEO, “We’re pleased to be able to make a difference for this initial group of students, and we look forward to opening up more opportunities for educational funding as evolves in the coming months.”

Continuing its mission, kicks off its next regular scholarship round on January 1, awarding ten scholarships in a month-long competition and expanding its audience to include college students. Any high school, trade school or college student aged 13 and up is eligible to register for the competition at scholarships are deposited into a 529 plan for each designated winner.  Competitors are only eligible to win once. plans to award more than 100 scholarships in 2011.

About is an innovative platform offering students, ages 13 and above, a chance to compete for educational scholarships through no-fee online games.  Developed as a response to escalating educational costs,’s secure environment fosters a sense of pride, accomplishment and fun.  The site is a sponsor-supported initiative developed by Holmdel, NJ-based Internet Sport Games Associates.  For more information, please visit Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.