Scholarship Info

Just wanted you to have a good start in looking for scholarship money for your child. Make sure to go to the USCF site at  I’m in the process of verifying all of these.  Can someone help a VA university understand what they are missing?!

There’s tons of untapped talent here that is beginning to grow.  Look at the accomplishments of Tuckahoe Elementary School, Albert Hill Middle School, The Richmond Middle School Chess League and the rest of the RCI family!  We are documenting  more  success working with hundreds of people than other companies are documenting from working with thousands of people!   This has been a long time coming and is surely needed  for everyone in the Richmond area to have more, “chess” opportunities.

If we are going to get universities and businesses to offer our children chess money there has to be tournament participation!  To convince these entities and institutions to get involved, they need to see activity and commitment!  Not from RCI, that part is taken care of, they need to see activity and commitment from you!!  It’s your turn to do something nice for chess!  Give us the tools we need to get their attention now instead of later!  Advance registrations increase participation and confidence!  T-shirts, ball caps, key chains, magnets, banners and pictures of people wearing them inspire the imaginations of sponsors by letting them see that they missed an opportunity for more publicity!  They call us a business but its obvious we are on a mission!  How about you?  I’m giving you an insight to what it will take to make people notice and reward, Rated Tournament Chess Players!  Take advantage of our bundles if you can.  We will use them to make more unprecedented progress

Scholarships For Chess
USChess: Universities and Colleges offering Chess Scholarships :



Are you a chess player and a scholar? If you’re a US Chess member, and a high school junior or senior, please apply for the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Award. Download the 2018 Scholar- Chessplayer Application (Word file). 

If you are a current US Chess member you are eligible to apply for a 2018 National Scholar- Chessplayer award if you:

– Played in at least 25 Regular-rated US Chess or FIDE games during calendar year 2017. Games with a Time Control less than Game-30 delay-5 do not count toward the 25 game requirement

– Have shown outstanding achievement both in academics and chess

– Completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the beginning of 9 th Grade

– Articulate in an essay (of 500 words or less) how your selection as a 2018 Scholar- Chessplayer will enable you to further your education, and continue your chess activities in the future

A total of five awards of $1,500.00 each will be presented for a total of $7,500.00 in scholarship money. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible. These scholarships are awarded annually by US Chess, and funded by the US Chess Trust and The National Scholastic Chess Foundation. They recognize outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess.

Applications are available here. 

Applications are scored equally in four areas: Academics, Chess Playing, Community Contributions, and the Personal Essay. Contact Susan Kantor , Scholastics Associate, at the US Chess Office, (931) 787-1234 x136 or email with any questions.

Our complete announcement on our website can be found at:


  • 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

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.  Contact State Scholastic Director, Guy P. Ontai


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


  • Morehead State University, in Morehead

Leadership Award of $4,000 ($1,000 per year, renewable for four years), in coordination with Quad D of the Kentucky Chess Association. This award will give a substantial scholarship to the top-finishing senior in our Quad D Regional Tournament (which is the qualifying tournament for the Kentucky State Team Championships). Carol Becker, Director of Financial Aid, and Rhonda Swim, Technical Director at Morehead State University are directly responsible for facilitating this scholarship. The senior who receives the scholarship does not have to play chess while in college. In fact, MSU may not have a chess team organized for competition.


  • Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for chess scholarships for the year 2003.
  • McNeese State University, in Lake Charles.  The winner of the K-12 section of the 2003 Louisiana Scholastic Chess Championship will win a scholarship to McNeese State University valued at $11,200 provided the following requirements are met:
  1. The winner is currently in the 11th or 12th grade;
  2. The winner has an ACT score of 25 or more;
  3. The winner graduates from High School with a GPA of 3.0. or greater, and
  4. The winner meets all of McNeese State University’s normal requirements for admittance.


  • The University of Maryland at Baltimore

Three types of four-year Chess Scholarships to UMBC:
– Chess-Player Scholar (up to full-tuition, room, and board);
– Special Merit for Chess (up to $10,000 per year);
– Tournament-Based Awards (up to full tuition)
To apply, simply submit an undergraduate application to UMBC and indicate your interest in chess. More details can be obtained from their website:


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. They get to choose their college!

New Mexico

  • The University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque

A $1500 yearly scholarship award for the K-12 Scholastic Championship. For more information contact Mr. Kevin Elliott

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,


  • Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma

Offering a $200 per semester chess scholarship starting with the next semester. For more information, contact

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island College, (RIC) was the first school in the country to award talent-based chess scholarships. In 2002, they have a pool of approx. $7000 with which to help subsidize their players’ college education.


  • Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville

4 year scholarship, $3,000 per year ($12,000 total) will be awarded to the 2003 Tennessee high school champion.For more information, contact Dr. Paul Semmes, or (931) 372-3139 Texas •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+. More information at


  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Housing Scholarship – this is a four-year scholarship and is valued at $7,500.

  • 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.

  • Southwest Texas State University

San Marcos Optimist International Scholarship – $1,000 scholarship.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. The first two scholarships will be awarded next spring to a current high school junior or senior

Information published here is based on materials of United States Chess Federation and USCF Scholastic Council

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