Emeryville, CA (April 6, 2005)–Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, in conjunction with the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.)–a non-profit organization established to promote excellence in interactive audio–has announced the winner of the first G.A.N.G. Interactive Audio Scholarship for one academic year in Sound Arts at Ex’pression College. California-native Nick Zellers has been awarded the scholarship.
Zellers grew up in the Bay Area and has been involved in school, sports, music and video games throughout his life. After overcoming some recent personal tragedies with his family including the death of his father from Diabetes and helping his mother recover from Cancer, the Interactive Audio Scholarship answered Nick’s prayers for a better future.
“My dream is to become a sound engineer, within the gaming industry and to achieve that goal to attend Ex’pression College for Digital Arts,” said Zellers. “I’ve had some very rough times lately and my college fund was depleted to pay family medical bills. If it weren’t for G.A.N.G., answering my prayers about going to college, I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to. Now that I’ve had this year’s tuition taken care of by this scholarship, I know I’ll be able to make it through anything.”
“We’re happy to help Nick realize his education dreams with this scholarship and look forward to seeing Nick grow and expand his talent in our Sound Arts program,” said Peter Laanen, CEO, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. “We received a number of applications for this year’s scholarship and will work with G.A.N.G. to provide additional opportunities for those interested in the field of game audio in the future.”
“We’re proud to award Nick the very first G.A.N.G. Interactive Audio Scholarship,” said Todd M. Fay, director of development, G.A.N.G. “G.A.N.G. exists to promote excellence in interactive audio, and by giving shining stars like him a shot to learn and prove themselves, we’re helping to pave the way for a new generation of great interactive audio talent. He has a very bright future ahead of him and we want the very best for him. Congratulations Nick!”
Essay submissions were judged on the following criteria: originality and innovation; knowledge of video games; passion and dedication shown toward the field of game audio; organization and skill in presentation of thoughts; and language skills and the use of grammar.
The G.A.N.G. Scholarship Program is administered by the G.A.N.G. Education Committee and Executive Committees:
President: Tommy Tallarico (President, Tommy Tallarico Studios)
Vice-President: Clint Bajakian (Senior Music Supervisor, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Sr. Director: Jack Wall (Composer/Producer, Wall of Sound)
Chair: Alexander Brandon (Audio Manager, Midway)
Vice-Chair: Aaron Marks (Audio Producer, On Your Mark Music Productions)
Secretary: Michelle Sorger (Audio Director, S’Digital)
Advisor: Shiloh Hobel (Director of Industry Relations, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts)
Advisor: Chance Thomas (President, HUGEsound Network)
Coordinator: Paul Lipson (President, Hit Point Music)
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts