Epic is continuing to dole out the $5 million banked in its Unreal Dev Grants program this week, awarding roughly $75,000 in no-strings-attached grants to ten educators and developers who use Unreal Engine 4.
While it's not the first time that Epic has cracked the Dev Grants fund (the firm has been steadily putting the money towards everything from development of individual UE4 games to a $60k prize pool for an architecture rendering contest using UE4) this does bear out Epic founder Tim Sweeney's early promise to put some of the money towards educational endeavors.
"The talented educators and developers recognized today are receiving the first Unreal Dev Grants for education thanks to their tireless contributions to the UE4 community," stated Epic education evangelist Luis Cataldi in the blog post celebrating the winners. "I've personally seen the fruits of their efforts and generosity of spirit make significant differences for those seeking to master our tools and technology."
This latest round of grant winners includes James Butcher, a game design lecturer at Staffordshire University (which Epic partnered with last year) in the UK, UE4 tutor/YouTuber Tesla, and Dr. Cynthia Marcello, who developed a "quest-based learning system" to teach UE4 at SUNY Sullivan.