If you're one of the ladies currently in grad school pursuing your dreams of getting into the gaming industry, then this is definitely something you want to know about. Applications are now open for Sony Online Entertainment's 2009 G.I.R.L. scholarships. The one lucky (and talented) entrant will score the ultimate prize; $10,000 for their tuition and expenses for attending college, and may additionally be offered an up-to-10 week paid internship at SOE to work on Free Realms.

"There are a significant number of women who are gamers, but not enough working in the video game field," said Torrie Dorrell, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for SOE. "With the application process starting today, we're taking a concrete step toward opening the door a little wider for women who want to go into game development."

So if games designing is something that really drives your interests and you think you've got what it takes, head over to the official G.I.R.L. scholarship site and check out all the details. Good luck to all who decide to enter! Hopefully we'll get a chance to work with you on one of your future game projects.

This article was originally published on Massively.