Castle Chess, Inc. offers $100 merit scholarships to campers who have achieved a peak rating by a certain age (based on camper’s age on the first day of camp and peak rating).
- 10 years: USCF rating at or above 1700
- 11 years: USCF rating at or above 1775
- 12 years: USCF rating at or above 1850
- 13 years: USCF rating at or above 1925
- 14 years and up: USCF rating at or above 2000
Castle Chess awards $300 scholarships to the winners of the top sections (not "U" sections) at the Spring National Scholastic USCF Championships (Elementary, Junior High, and High School). Winners of the USCF Grade Level National Championships (typically held in December) also qualify for a $300 merit award. For the Grade-level champions, scholarships are valid for the camp immediately following the championship. For the Spring champions, scholarships may be used in either the camp immediately following the award OR the following year, but not both. Note: "winner" is first place (Champions) only, or anyone tied for first (Co-Champions).
Please note: merit awards are mutually exclusive- in other words, you cannot claim both the $300 award AND the $100 award. Awards may be claimed when you complete the camp registration, just check the box for the appropriate award.
Castle Chess, Inc., does offer limited help to campers with demonstrable need for financial assistance as our budget allows. All need-based scholarship inquiries and awards will be kept strictly confidential. Please begin the process by filling out the online registration form so we have details about the camper and contact information for you. Then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your wish to apply and explaining the circumstances around your situation.
All requests for needs-based assistance must be received no later than February 28th. A final decision will be made in all cases by March 31st. After a decision is made, applicants have 2 weeks to decide whether to complete enrollment or release their saved spot for another camper. Update: for the 2018 camp, we have extended the deadline to apply until March 30. All decisions will be announced March 31.
Please note that because we want to help as many campers as possible awards do not exceed 50% of the cost of camp, and most awards are in the $100-$300 range.
FIDE Womens Commission on Chess Scholarship
Castle Chess teams up with the FIDE Womens Commission on Chess to offer one full scholarship each year to a girl from another country to come and study at the camp. The girl must be rated in the top five in her country. Past recipients have come from Latin America and Africa.
KidChess (www.kidchess.com), an Atlanta-area provider of chess instruction for school-aged children, loans us laptops and projectors for camp. To thank them for their support, Castle Chess Inc. gives a scholarship to one KidChess student every year. The recipient is chosen by KidChess.