My seven year-old son just started playing a fantasy card trading game called Magic: The Gathering. It never occurred to me that playing that game could eventually help pay his college tuition. A program started by Jon Finkel (a hedge fund partner, and more importantly, a legend in the large and growing of Magic community) gives scholarships to students who are avid Magic players. According to Finkel: “There was just nothing enjoyable or fun about high school, so I got my mental stimulation elsewhere. I would play Magic until midnight and never do my homework.” From the NYT: Tuition Aid From a Zombie Elf. The scholarships only amount to about $5000 a year. So my wife and I are urging my son to stay focused on trying to earn a full ride playing Zelda.