Pinckney senior Jacob Wilburn lands scholarship to play esports at Alma College

Jacob Wilburn signs his letter of intent to play esports at Alma College.

Pinckney Community High School has its first college esports athlete.

Jacob Wilburn, a graduating senior, received a scholarship to compete on the new esports team at Alma College. Wilburn signed his letter of intent this week.

He’s the first Pinckney student to earn an esports scholarship, and will be pursuing a degree in Alma’s new Video Game Design program.

According to this article, Alma College’s esports team will begin competition this fall.

“The number of colleges and universities with esports teams has grown significantly over the past five years,” Steven Rackley, director of athletics, said in December. “We are thrilled that Alma will be the first Division III-level school in Michigan to compete in esports. Embracing esports allows Alma College to continue attracting top students while providing an innovative pathway for students to succeed academically and professionally.”

For more on Pinckney’s esports program and a look at Wilburn in action, see the video from MLive below.

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