Spin Master launches programme to support toy and entertainment careers of underrepresented communities

Spin Master has launched a new programme to support the education and career advancement of individuals from under-represented communities across the toys, entertainment, and digital games spaces.

Through the Spin Master Future of Play Scholarship, the global toy and entertainment firm has committed to investing up to $100,000 a year in financial aid, as well as mentorship and on the job experience.

Kicking off in time for fall 2021 enrollment, Spin Master will grant eight scholarships per year: three entertainment scholarships, one gaming scholarship and four toy scholarships with two in Canada and two in the US.

The scholarships are available for individuals from underrepresented communities, including BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+ and indigent students seeking post-secondary education within the fields of toy design, animation, creative production, digital gaming and app development, agnostic of post-secondary institution.

In addition to financial support, recipients will have the opportunity to secure an internship at Spin Master and the potential for full-time employment upon completion of studies.

“Spin Master’s goal is to improve diverse representation within the children’s entertainment industry,” said Tara Deakin, executive vice president and chief people officer.

“We’re committed to enriching the lives of kids and their families, sharing diverse stories and fostering a unique and inclusive culture. The Spin Master Future of Play Scholarship embodies these values while also nurturing relationships with talented and passionate individuals who may not have access to the funds they need to pursue their dreams.”

Spin Master has established a specific set of criteria for each award and judging committees with representation from each discipline. Members from the employee resource group for diversity and inclusion, the respective creative centre and talent acquisition will review the submissions.

The deadline for applications is July 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PSTFor more information on Spin Master’s scholarship program, please visit https://www.spinmastercareers.com/global/be/scholarships.

About Robert Hutchins

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