Huntsville college student awarded scholarship for playing 'Fortnite'

Huntsville college student awarded scholarship for playing 'Fortnite'

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A college student from Huntsville has been awarded a pretty special scholarship. In the fall, he will attend Ashland University in Ohio as part of its "Fortnite" team.

"It came out and I said that I might as well hop on this and see if they give me any money or whatever," said Gabriel Alonso.

"Fortnite" is a battle royale game that has become a gaming sensation. Teachers told WAFF 48 News before that the game has become a distraction in the classroom. Alonso was able to turn the "distraction" into an education.


"School comes first. So the coaches know that. They say to keep your scholarship you have to have your grades there. They're going to work with me to keep my grades up. And I mean, you're still doing your college education and getting your degree. It's just that you have that on the side as hobby," explained Alonso.

Alonso, who has only been playing the game for about four months, found out about the unique opportunity through a Snapchat ad. The task was to prove to the school he had what it takes to compete on a national scale.

The Auburn University student had his reservations. He was worried the scholarship was a scam and about moving from his home state to Ohio.

"Everything has been falling into place recently. I'm at a loss for words. Everything this summer has been connecting. It's really been working out and I'm excited," said Alonso.

"Fortnite" is a battle to be the last man standing. Alonso believes instead of battling with kids, teachers and parents should find a balance. Lucky for him, the balance scored him a scholarship.

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