Video Game Scholarship Grant

Stephen’s passion for the Video Game industry is our inspiration behind this initiative.  An annual grant will be donated to a student from Miami Dade College (Magic) Miami Animation Gaming International Complex.  The applicant must be a full-time student in the video game program, have a 3.0 GPA, qualify for financial aid, and write a 100-word essay on anti-cheating in video games.  The grant has been named the Stephen “Miggy” Chavez scholarship grant.

The recipients of the 2021 Stephen “Miggy” Chavez Scholarship grant are:
Nicole Garcia (not pictured), Katelyn Dixon, and Cody Perdue.

The recipient of the 2020 Stephen “Miggy” Chavez Scholarship grant is
Hector Mayor

Hector has always wanted to be a video game designer. His dream is to someday start his own video game company. He is passionate about the friendships and strong bonds he makes with fellow developers and gamers. We wish him many blessings for all his future plans in his career.

The recipients of the 2019 Stephen “Miggy” Chavez Scholarship grant are Apostol Chokoev and Laura Manresa Gutierrez

Laura Manresa Gutierrez and Apostol Chokoev - Gaming Design MAGIC

Apostol is a foreign student from Hungary that came to the United States to for better educational opportunities.  His passion in video games prompted him to pursue a degree in Game and Development.

Laura is a first-generation college student.  She arrived from Cuba only four years ago with limited knowledge of the English language and is thriving at MDC qualifying her for Miggy’s scholarship.

The recipient of the 2018 Stephen “Miggy” Chavez scholarship grant is
Jesus Gonzalez!


Jesus Gonzalez is 19 years old and a first-generation college student, which makes his parents very proud. He is pursuing a degree in Game Development and Design and hopes to someday create his own video games. His favorite video game hero is Geralt of Rivia because of the strong character and valor, and his favorite video game is Witcher Dream because of the animation and storyline. When asked how he felt about cheating in video games he replied:

“It negatively impacts the user experience and authenticity of merit. It is not easy to fight, however, it is a big topic in the industry and I look forward to helping find new solutions to combat these issues.”

We know Stephen would be proud of this young man and would put a seal of approval on this scholarship grant.