Chess and Scholar Scholarships 2022 – Application Deadlines Announced


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

If you are currently a US Chess member, you can apply for a 2022 National Scholar Chess Player Award and a new special The Junior Chess Ambassador award (for players ranked below 2000) if:

  • You have played in at least 25 ranked US 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 requirement.)
  • You have shown outstanding achievement in academics and chess.
  • You have completed at least one year in the chess related community service since you started grade 9.
  • You can demonstrate in an essay (of 500 words or less) how your Being selected as a 2021 College Chess Player allows you to continue your education, improve your chess, and continue to contribute 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. Previous 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 downloaded in your application via this form.

Your completed application should include the following:

  • Application form submitted via https://forms.gle/V8naJgsZLepcamKH7
  • Your downloaded 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 US or FIDE qualifying chess games held between November 24, 2020 and December 31, 2021.
  • A list and brief description of your best chess accomplishments.
  • 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 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 college chess player would help you continue to contribute to America’s greater chess community over the next five years.
  • A recent color photo of yourself, whether portrait or full-length.

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

The awards will be announced at the 2021 National High School Chess Championship in Memphis, TN on April 9. The recipients present will be recognized in person. Participation in the tournament is not required for eligibility.

If you have any questions regarding this form, or if you require technical assistance in 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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