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National Scholastic
Chess Foundation

The National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization founded in 1990 to provide the benefits of a chess education to students of all ages. The primary goal of NSCF programs is to develop critical thinkers. 

Exceptional chess instruction for over 30 years

For over 30 years, the NSCF has shown that chess is a tool that helps students develop independent study and problem-solving skills and helps educators attain positive learning outcomes in core subject areas.

Scholastic Programs

Community Programs

Community Chess

Chess offers a way to bring communities together regardless of age, language, income, or line of work. Read More

Juvenile Justice

The NSCF engages with incarcerated and at-risk youth in programs that help them develop better decision-making skills. Read More


Believing that every interested student should be able to participate in its programs, the NSCF offers scholarships based on need. It also sponsors scholarships for academic and chess excellence. Read More


Remembering Mike McDermott

Our friend and colleague for over 30 years, Mike McDermott was a beloved NSCF chess instructor who inspired generations of children. Mike passed away June 5, 2024.