Big Bad Con Scholarship

Big Bad Con is committed to cultivating and supporting a spectacular and diverse gaming community. Part of the way we do that is by collecting donations to our scholarship program.

Our scholarship funds go towards helping women and people from marginalized genders, people of color, disabled, and lgbtqia+ individuals attend the con. We use it to cover hotel rooms ($145+/night), convention badges ($75), and help with other fees. Depending on the number of applicants, we may be able cover full or partial costs. Typical scholarship awards go up to $400.

Note, the POC Programming Track is a separate program that runs in addition to the Big Bad Con scholarship. You can find out more here.


  • Scholarship applications are now closed for 2023. We'll re-open applications for the next year in 2024.
  • Determinations and reward disbursement were sent August 22, 2023.


If you would like to contribute to the Scholarship Fund, there are a few ways to do it.

  • During crowdfunding (starting soon) you can back at the scholarship level, or add a scholarship contribution as an add-on to another pledge.
  • You can also donate direct vial our PayPal giving fund.

Any contributions made after September will be set aside for next year’s fund. Thank you very much for your support!


We started the scholarship program in 2015. Here's the number of people we've been able to give financial support to so far.

  • 2023: 69 awards
  • 2022: 9 awards
  • 2020-2021: No in-person convention held.
  • 2019: 20 awards
  • 2018 13 awards
  • 2017: 11 awards
  • 2016: 7 awards
  • 2015: 4 awards

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