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May 01, 2012

 For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
337.235-2924 ext. 12
Academy of Interactive Entertainment Contact:
Dr. Christopher Erhardt
Local High School Senior, Megan Hourcade, Awarded First Academy of Interactive Entertainment Community Outreach Scholarship
(Lafayette, La.) – Megan Hourcade, a senior at the Academy of Information Technology at Carencro High School has been awarded with the first Community Outreach Scholarship from The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE). The scholarship is for $7,500.
Pictured above from left to right: Joey Mouton, Senior Counselor at the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT); Joel Hilburn, AOIT Co-director; Megan Hourcade, Scholarship Recipient; Kit Becnel, AOIT Director.
In March, AIE announced a series of new in-house undergraduate scholarships providing value up to $1 million dollars for Acadiana area high school graduates. The scholarships provided by this non-profit organization are an outreach to the community aimed at encouraging the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. AIE, a non-profit specialist educator for the game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries, has a range of scholarships available.
For AIE’s Community Outreach Scholarship, public and private high schools in the Acadiana area are eligible to nominate up to two students to receive scholarships. One programming and one art scholarship is available for each participating high school. High schools have the opportunity to determine suitable students based on merit and/or needs status using the selection procedures provided as a guideline.
“I didn’t realize Megan’s true talent and art skills until I reviewed her electronic portfolio. She asked me to critique it before she was to present it to AIE for her interview,” says Kit Becnel, Director of The Academy of Information Technology at Carencro High School. Becnel is the administrator who nominated Megan for the scholarship. “As her teacher, director and mentor, I am so proud. She has earned her reward and has so much potential.”
Megan Hourcade is very grateful for the recognition. “Getting a scholarship for AIE is an opportunity for me to get the education that I want without putting myself or my mother in debt.” Hourcade goes on to say that the scholarship is more than just financial support. “…I was really, honestly surprised that someone else thinks I have the skills and talents to make it in the media business. This is what I want to do with my life and this scholarship has made it very possible.”
Megan will enroll in the fall 2012 semester at AIE Lafayette and will be pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media.
How to Apply for Scholarships at AIE:
Application submission requirements for each scholarship can be found on the AIE website at Deadline for scholarship applications to be considered for the Fall 2012 semester is June 30, 2012. For additional scholarship options and information, visit
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
  • Student must be eligible to enter the school.
  • Student must submit a complete scholarship application form.
  • Student must demonstrate motivation to complete their coursework at AIE.
  • Student must demonstrate passion for the field to which they are applying.
  • For the Community Outreach Scholarship: Student must acquire a nomination from his or her high school.
For additional scholarship options and information, visit
About The Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Founded in 1996, The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is Australia's most awarded educator for the animation, game development and visual effects industries and now has campuses in Seattle and Lafayette. AIE is a two-year non-profit training college that offers courses in game art, design and programming as well as film and 3D design and visual effects. AIE courses are practical, 100% relevant and delivered by industry-experienced teachers in a fun and creatively demanding studio environment. While many graduates are advancing into the gaming industry workforce, many are seeking careers in other fields, such as film, medical simulations, educational tools and petroleum industry solutions.
For more information about the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, visit the website at For information about the Lafayette campus, call 337.476.1565.



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