USCF Scholastic Council—College Chess Scholarships

Scholarships For Chess

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(Some Chess Tournaments  may have tournament or college entry requirements for the chess Scholarships prizes which may not be listed here.)

1.  Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University A $500.00 yearly Scholarship for the Florida Atlantic scholarship is for the winner of the Florida Chess Association South Regional Championship! (which is limited to students of South Florida)

Hawaii Pacific University & Chaminade University
Our State Scholastic Championships in 2002 offered as a special prize $1000 scholarships from Hawaii Pacific University & Chaminade University for each of the top two 12th grade finishers! I am not sure what the final offering will be this year.  We are hoping to have a larger one from the University of Hawaii.  Our State Scholastic Director, Guy P. Ontai [email protected]  is still putting together the details for that event to be held in April 2003, in Honolulu. Randy Prothero, President, Hawaii Chess Federation.

Shimer College awards a maximum of $2,000 per person per year.  Contact Dr. David Shiner, chess coach, at [email protected] or 847-249-7891.

Louisiana State University
in Baton Rouge for chess scholarships.

1. The University of Maryland at Baltimore,

1. Ole Miss in Oxford
Two $500 scholarships for the top girl and top boy winners of the Dexter Visits the 2nd Tiger Scholastic Chess Tournament.

2. Mississippi State University in Starkville-  Two $500.00 scholarships for the top boy and girl chess players at the MS State Chess Championships for 2002 and 2003.

3. Jackson State University in Jackson Two $500.00 scholarships for the top boy and girl chess players at the MS State Chess Championships for 2002 and 2003.yes they get to choose their college!

North Carolina:
An annual College scholarship dispersment of at least $300 in perpetuity!
A local charitable foundation, the Henderson County Community Foundation offered a scholarship program where if you invested a minimum of $5000, they would guarantee an annual scholarship dispersment of at least $300 in perpetuity. We have given out six, $300 scholarships so far and this year a donor came forward with an additional $200 to bump it up to $500. As a part of our scholastic program though it has been a cornerstone of our promotional efforts.  Last November (2002) we had 215 students play in a USCF rated chess tournament here in Hendersonville and last March, we hosted the NC State scholastic championship with over 400 participants from all over NC. For more information contact  Chuck Palmer, HCSCA,, [email protected]

Kenyon College, Cleveland, Ohio -$10,000 toward $35,000 per year tuition.

1. Rose State College in Oklahoma

Rhode Island:
1.  Rhode Island College,
(RIC) was the first school in the country to award talent-based chess scholarships. Now they have a pool of approx. $7000 with which to help subsidize their players' college education.  

1. Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville, awards a scholarship to the Tennessee State High School Champion each year, 4 years valued at $12,000.

1. University of Texas--Dallas
Academic Excellence Scholarship -- waiver of all tuition and mandatory
fees plus $1000 per year toward housing for each of 4 years. Scholarship
will be upgraded if student has an excellent academic record. Approximate
value $18,000+.

2. Texas A&M University--Kingsville,
Housing Scholarship -- this is a four-year scholarship and is valued at

3. University of Texas--Brownsville
President's Chess Scholarship -- UTB will offer two four-year scholarships
to top students in South Texas. These scholarships will include tuition,
books, and fees with a value of over $10,000 each.

4. Southwest Texas State University,
San Marcos Optimist International Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship.

5. Del Mar College
President's Chess Scholarship -- a two-year scholarship to include
tuition, books, and fees with a value of over $4,000 for a student within
the local five-county area.

6. Incarnate Word Academy, Corpus Christi
President's Award - one semester scholarship for a boy or girl entering
6th through 8th grade for the 2002-2003 school year. Value $2,500.

7. St. Mary's University, San Antonio
Has recognized a revived, national enthusiasm for chess with the establishment of two, $5,000-per-year scholarships for students who play the game competitively. One scholarship will be awarded to the winner of a regional chess tournament still to be determined. The other scholarship recipient will be a member of the Original Wimberley Scholastic Chess Club, a program sponsored by the Wimberley nonprofit Skipperweb, started by Robert Skipper, a St. Mary's University philosophy professor and scholarship founder. The first two scholarships will be awarded next spring to a current high school junior or senior.

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