Zynga Awards Four Scholarships to MDM Class of 2010

Zynga Awards Four Scholarships to MDM Class of 2010

Scholarship Funding Next Step In Ongoing Relationship Between World Leader in Social Gaming And Award-winning MDM Master's Program

VANCOUVER, B.C. – November 6, 2009 – The Masters of Digital Media (MDM) Program together with Zynga, the industry leader in social gaming, has announced the winners of the inaugural Zynga scholarships for the MDM Program at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, B.C.  Four students - Su Yon Sohn, Jason Chang, Ryan Nadel and Matthew Schroeter - have earned scholarships totaling $21,000.

 “Congratulations to Su Yon, Jason, Ryan and Matt on winning Zynga’s first scholarships to the MDM Program,” said Dr. Gerri Sinclair, Executive Director of the MDM Program and CEO of the Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus.  “I’d also like to thank Zynga for their support through our Industry Affiliate Program and now through funding these scholarships. To have our students recognized by Zynga, the world’s leader in social gaming, is a testament to the remarkable next-gen talent pool we are developing here at the MDM Program.”

“At Zynga, we’re pleased to offer our support to Su Yon, Jason, Ryan and Matt who will be graduating in 2010,” said Colleen McCreary, Senior VP and Chief People Officer at Zynga. “Zynga commends these students on their academic excellence and for their experience in and passion for social gaming and we look forward to their contribution to Zynga’s mission of connecting the world through games.

The scholarship winners are:

·         Su Yon Sohn and Jason Chang, who received $7,000 and;

·         Ryan Nadel and Matthew Schroeter, who received $3,500.

The scholarship was based on talent and experience in the area of Game Design, Art or Programming.

Zynga, based in San Francisco, is the largest social gaming company with 50 million daily active users and 170 million monthly users. Zynga’s games are available on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, Friendster, Tagged, Yahoo! and the iPhone, and include FarmVille, Café World, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Vampires, Street Racing, and Scramble. 

The Masters of Digital Media Program is a ground-breaking Master’s degree in entertainment technology and digital media. Students are offered team-based experiences focused on project learning in close collaboration with B.C.’s vibrant games and digital media industry. The degree is jointly awarded by four major post-secondary institutions: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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For more information, please contact:

Grace Battiston
Masters of Digital Media Program
Tel: 778 370 1013 | grace_battiston@gnwc.ca

Lisa Chan
Zynga
Tel: 415 706 1834| lchan@zynga.com