Have you painstakingly learned Japanese, with all its formal and informal subtleties, just to watch Anime undubbed and unsubbed? Have you poured over cultural books and websites trying to understand jokes and puns that only a native of Japan would get? Have you spent long hours drawing your favorite Anime characters, or even your own Anime inspired creations? Did you ever think that your love of Anime could ever get you anywhere? For all the devotion that you’ve put into Anime, why not use your love of Anime to earn something?

Each year the organizing body of Anime Central, the Midwest Animation Promotion Society (M.A.P.S.) awards three $1,000.00 scholarships for full-time college students majoring in the following subjects:

- The Rider Scholarship for Japanese Language and Literature

- The M.A.P.S. Scholarship for History and Culture

- The M.A.P.S. Scholarship for Illustration and Animation

The selection process for each scholarship candidate goes through very careful and thorough consideration. Applications for these scholarships are evaluated based upon the following criteria:

- Academic Achievement: the candidate must demonstrate exceptional academic ability by submitting an official transcript and GPA (or its equivalent) for all course work to date.

- Essay: In no more than three type-written, double-spaced page, the candidate must describe why s/he should be the recipient of the MAPS Scholarship. In the case of the Illustration and Animation Scholarship, the candidate must send in a one page typewritten double-spaced page and a digital portfolio. Each specific application will further detail each entry’s rules.

- Faculty Recommendation: the candidate must provide one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with his/her work.

- Application: the required application must be completed and turned in by July 1st, 2013 to be considered for the current year MAPS Scholarships.

If you’re a full-time college student (or will be soon) majoring in the relevant subjects, why not apply? To apply for the Rider and MAPS Scholarships, or for more information, visit http://www.mapsboard.org/scholar.php. Each Scholarship has a different application, so be sure to check the requirements carefully. What will (or would, if you were eligible) you do in order to earn the Scholarship? Feel free to leave a comment!

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