FDU student wins large scholarship from Major League Gaming

MADISON, N.J. (December 16, 2010)—  Alex Benjamin, a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, in Teaneck, NJ, won the Dr Pepper Collegiate Challenge during the summer, winning a $10,000 scholarship. At FDU, he is enrolled in the sports administration program. 

The Dr Pepper Collegiate Challenge is a partnership between Major League Gaming, the professional video game league, and Dr Pepper to reward both great video game play and higher education. The contest lasted three months, during which, Benjamin racked up an impressive total of 108,400 qualifying GameBattles XP to claim the coveted $10,000 scholarship.

"It’s a huge honor winning this scholarship,” said Benjamin. “I had to play a lot and devote a lot of time for the competition. I worked hard and it paid off in the end. My parents and I are all extremely excited; however, I think I am probably a little more excited than they are.”

“Who would have thought that you could help pay for college by playing video games?” said Terry Hackens, a Dr Pepper spokesperson. “This is a truly unique opportunity that we’re very proud to support.”

This is not the first time Benjamin has won money for playing video games—he has won about $30,000 over the course of his gaming career, but this $10,000 scholarship is the largest prize he was won at one time.

The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, multi-campus institution. The University offers over 100 undergraduate programs, and doctoral programs in nursing practice, clinical psychology school psychology, and pharmacy; and an AACSB-accredited business school. It has campuses in Madison, NJ, and Teaneck/Hackensack, NJ, as well as Vanouver, BC, and Wroxton, England.

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