Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Chess Scholar Awards. For the past nine years, NSCF has partnered with the US Chess Trust to present awards to five high school students from across America in recognition of each player’s outstanding academic achievement, leadership abilities and sportsmanship as well as chess play. The total scholarship amount of $7,500 is divided equally among five recipients who each receive a stipend of $1,500 upon entering college.
Applications are examined by a panel of judges from different parts of the country. Students are ranked according to established criteria that include academic achievement (SAT scores, class rank, special awards); chess accomplishments (rating, tournament record); organizational efforts (running a chess club, directing tournaments); community service (teaching chess in schools, community centers, homes for the elderly); and promotional activities designed to raise the profile of chess.  Applicants must also submit an essay and provide recommendations.

"The NSCF is proud to be associated with this prestigious award that epitomizes excellence in education and in chess," said Weeramantry.  "We hope the award will be an encouragement to continue their efforts in chess as they go on to college."

Applications can be downloaded from the article on the US Chess Trust website. The deadline is March 1, 2015 with the awards presented at the US High School National Chess Championship in Columbus, Ohio.

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