This Illinois college is looking to give scholarships to students who play video games.

I never thought I'd see the day when a college rewards students for gaming. Since it is a big part of the lives of teens, and the competitions associated can actually make you money, it must have made sense to this college to start including this category.

Illinois College in Jacksonville is offering scholarships beginning this fall for students who play video games, according to the Herald & Review.com. They've even hired a coach to lead the esports participants.

This is encouraging news for students and parents alike. For those who complain all their child wants to do is play video games, it could land them a scholarship. It's definitely changed my position on video games not helping in college. In fact, it's impressive how these Illinois colleges are coordinating and putting gaming into practical use.