Concord Esports hosting Scholarship Invitational

Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

 Oct. 29, 2020 


ATHENS, W.Va. – Esports players are invited to showcase their skills while competing for Concord University scholarships and other prizes during the upcoming Concord Scholarship Invitational. The tournament is being hosted by Concord Esports.

The two-day event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. EST to 6 p.m. EST both days. Sign-up for teams to compete closes Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at midnight EST/ET. To register for the competition go to:

There is no entry fee to compete. This tournament will be for PC players only and will be hosted online. The competition will be broadcast on Concord’s Twitch channel

“This is your chance to fight for glory and get a chance to get a scholarship that will help you further your education at Concord,” Esports Head Coach Austin Clay says. “The top three teams will be invited to join Concord Esports.”

Since beginning competition in the fall of 2019, Concord Esports has made a mark as a powerhouse in national collegiate play. Concord holds the distinction of being the first public college or university in West Virginia to offer varsity esports to its students.

The Concord Scholarship Invitational is for any Valorant player from high school and up with an $8,000 scholarship prize pool. The event is being produced and run by Elo Hell Esports.  Also partnering to present the tournament are Appalachian Eye Care and HyperX.

The scholarship awards will be as follows:

  • First place team will be awarded $5,000 USD
  • Second place team will be awarded $2,500 USD
  • Third place team will be awarded $500 USD

The prize pool/scholarship must be used towards attending Concord University. If there are more players than the standard five, the division of the prize pool will be left up to the decision of the team. 

The top three teams will also be awarded the following prizes from tournament sponsor, HyperX: 1st Place – 5x Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard; 2nd Place – 5x Cloud Stinger Gaming Headsets; and, 3rd Place – 5x Pulsefire FPS Pro Gaming Mouse.

For more information about the tournament, visit the tournament rulebook located at
Additional information is also available by contacting Austin Clay at or 585-659-3004.

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Mary Ellen Lepionka-Beverly’s Indigenous People


Join scholar and anthropologist Mary Ellen Lepionka to learn about the history of the land now known as Beverly, MA.

As Lepionka describes, The people living where Montserrat is now were the Pawtucket of Nahumkeak. They welcomed the “Old Planters” of Salem Village, today’s Beverly, and lived peaceably side by side with them during the first 50 years of English settlement. During the 18th and 19th centuries, however, their sites, history, homeland, and very identity were “erased.”

Mary Ellen Lepionka of Gloucester is an independent scholar researching the history of Cape Ann from the last Ice Age to around 1700 for a book on the subject. Some chapters have been published at

Mary Ellen’s interest in local indigenous history and culture was sparked by Samuel de Champlain’s 1606 map of Le Beauport (Gloucester) showing a wigwam on her street. Mary Ellen is a retired college instructor, textbook developer, author, and publisher with a Master’s degree in anthropology from Boston University and post-graduate work at the University of British Columbia. She taught anthropology and world history at Boston University, Vancouver City College, Northeastern University, North Shore Community College, and Salem State College.

Articles by Mary Ellen appear in the Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and the local history blogs Enduring Gloucester and Historic Ipswich.

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