For the past eight years, NSCF has partnered with the US Chess Trust to present the National Scholar-Chessplayer Awards. This award is presented 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 now 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.
Winners are announced annually at the National High School Championships. NSCF Executive Director, Sunil Weeramantry, was one of the dignitaries present at the 2013 SuperNationals in Nashville, TN, to hand out certificates to the winners Anna Matlin (from New Jersey), Kevin Mo (Pennsylvania), Benjamin Tong (California), Miles Hinson (New York) and Thomas Ulrich (Wisconsin).
“The NSCF is proud to be associated with this prestigious award that epitomizes excellence in education and in chess,” said Weeramantry. “We hope to continue our sponsorship for many years to come.”