EXTENDED TO MAY 15: 2020 Announces College Chess Player Award Deadline


Update March 30, 2020: Due to the current COVID-19 situation in the United States, the Co-Chairs of the Scholastic Council have decided to extend the application deadline for the National Scholar Chess Player Award 2020 to May 15. Please read on for complete information on the rewards program, originally released in December 2019: If you are a junior or senior high school looking for a scholarship, read on! If you are currently a U.S. Chess Member, you may apply for a 2020 National Scholar Chess Player Award if you:

  1. Play in at least 25 regularly reviewed US or FIDE chess sets during calendar year 2019, games with a time control less than Game-30 delay-0 do not count towards the 25-game requirement.
  2. Showed outstanding achievement in academics and chess.
  3. Completed at least one year of chess-related community service since you started grade 9.
  4. Can explain in an essay (500 words or less) how your selection as a 2020 College Chess Player enables you to continue your education, improve your chess and continue to contribute to the chess community for the next 5 years. of your life.

A total of five prizes are available at $ 3,000.00 each for a total of $ 15,000.00 in purses. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible. These scholarships, awarded annually by the US Chess Trust, National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF), and US Chess, recognize and encourage outstanding high school students who promote a positive image of chess. A generous donation from Dewain and Susan Barber has increased the amount of scholarships for the year 2020. Applications must be submitted via the online form: https://goo.gl/forms/1wZDuVXRC29X6SQ72 Documents (.doc, . pdf and other usual extensions) can be attached to applications via this form. A pdf version of this announcement is available for ease of use. Your completed application should include the following:

  • Application form submitted via https://goo.gl/forms/1wZDuVXRC29X6SQ72
  • Your downloaded transcripts showing all courses and grades.
  • Your SAT or ACT scores.
  • Proof listed in the form or uploaded that you played at least 25 American or FIDE rated chess games during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A list and brief description of your best chess accomplishments.
  • Examples of your chess-related community service from grade 9 or above.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher at a current or former school you attended in Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • 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 into the application form of up to 500 words describing how your recognition as a varsity chess player would help you continue to contribute to America’s greater chess community over the next 5 years of your career. life.
  • OPTIONAL: A recent color photo of yourself, whether portrait or full-length.

Deadline to submit the application form is [UPDATED and EXTENDED TO: MAY 15, 2020, 11:59 PST] Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee. If you have any questions regarding this form, or if you need technical assistance in completing it, please write to [email protected] and place “2020 Scholar-Chess Player Award” in the subject line.


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