2022 Scholar Chess Player Awards: March 1st deadline is approaching!

NOTE: The dThe deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

If you are a high school student or senior looking for a scholarship, read on!

If you are a current member of American Chess, you can apply for a 2022 National Chess Player Award and a new special award, the Junior Chess Ambassador (for players rated below 2000) if:

  • You have played in at least 25 regularly ranked American or FIDE chess events from November 24, 2020 to December 31, 2021. (Games with a time control less than Game-30 delay-0 do not count towards the 25 requirement parts.)
  • You have shown outstanding achievements in studies and chess.
  • You have completed at least one year of chess-related community service since you started grade 9.
  • You can demonstrate in an essay (500 words or less) how your Being selected as Scholar Chess Player 2021 allows you to further your education, improve your chess, and continue contributing to the chess community for the next five years of your life.

The scholarships are provided by the US Chess Trust, with a generous supportive contribution from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF), to recognize and encourage outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess. Past recipients of this award are not eligible.

Applications must be submitted via the online form https://forms.gle/V8naJgsZLepcamKH7. Documents (.doc, .pdf and other usual extensions) can be uploaded to your application via this form.

Your completed application must include the following:

  • Application form submitted via https://forms.gle/V8naJgsZLepcamKH7
  • Your uploaded transcripts showing all courses and grades.
  • Your SAT or ACT scores.
  • Proof, listed in the form or uploaded separately, that you have played at least 25 American Chess or FIDE Qualifier games held between November 24, 2020 and December 31, 2021.
  • A list and brief description of your best chess achievements.
  • Examples of your chess-related community service since grade 9 or later.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher at a current or former school you attended in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
  • A letter of recommendation from a chess coach or tournament director.
  • A letter of support from someone other than a parent or guardian, attesting to the nature, duration, and impact of your chess-related community service. We also encourage you to submit newspaper articles or web stories as evidence.
  • Your essay uploaded to the application form not to exceed 500 words describing how your recognition as a Scholar Chess Player would help you continue to contribute to the greater American chess community over the next five years.
  • A recent color photograph of yourself, either a headshot or portrait.

The deadline to submit the application is March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

The awards will be announced at the 2022 National High School Chess Championship in Memphis, TN on April 9. Recipients in attendance will be recognized in person. Participation in the tournament is not required to be eligible.

If you have any questions regarding this form, or require technical assistance completing it, please contact Korey Kormick, US Chess, at (931) 787-8783, or E-mail [email protected] and write “2022 Scholar-Chess Player Award” in the subject line.

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