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Scholarships For Chess

Universities and Colleges offering Chess Scholarships :

Please contact the universities and colleges for the latest information


  • 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 gpontai@hawaii.rr.com
  • Shimer College 
  • awards a maximum of $2,000 per person per year.  Contact Dr. David Shiner, chess coach, at d.shiner@shimer.edu or 312-235-3538
  • 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: http://sta.umbc.edu/orgs/chess/


  • 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 atzzelliott@aol.com

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,  palmer@brinet.com


  • Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma
  • Offering a $200 per semester chess scholarship starting with the next semester. For more information, contact bknight@rsu.edu 

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, psemmes@tntech.edu or (931) 372-3139 
  • 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 http://www.utdallas.edu/orgs/chess
  • 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 published by United States Chess Federation