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Midway, Rapid Reality Studios help select The Art Institute Online's Scholarship Contest Winners

PITTSBURGH, PA- After receiving over 900 entries nationwide, The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, announced today, two winners in its "Live Your Creative Passion" scholarship competition. The competition kicked off April 18, 2007, and was designed to encourage individuals to become excited about reaching their full creative potential through art.

During the first round of judging, the public at large had an opportunity to vote online for their favorite entries. More than 50,000 people visited the scholarship website and voted for their favorite entries. The entries that received the top 10% of votes from the public were reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges, including game industry veterans Richard Rouse of Midway Games and Tracy Spaight and DJ Cassell of Rapid Reality Studios, who selected the scholarship recipients.

Two scholarships, each in the amount of ten thousand dollars, were awarded to Orsolya Windhoffer, of Rockville, Maryland and Katherine Anderson, of Roscoe, Illinois. Windhoffer is currently enrolled at The Art Institute while Anderson is a prospective student.

The Art Institute Online (AiO) offers a program in Game Art & Design, which concentrates on the artistic side of gaming. This unique program helps students take their first step toward becoming an artist and designer in the multi-billion dollar video game industry. AiO provides an abundant array of courses that prepare students for a career as game play tester, 2-D conceptual artist, 3-D character builder, 3-D object modeler, interactivity designer, background artist and more.

To view the complete press release and for further information about the Art Institute Online, the scholarship contest winners and game art entries, please visit http://e-gms.com/aio.

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