UMBC offering chess scholarships!!

University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) has turned into a collegiate chess power due to their scholarship incentive program which attracts very strong chess players with superior academic credentials. UMBC won the U.S. Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000 (tie).

Dr. Alan T. Sherman is again calling for qualified applicants to compete for several chess scholarships. UMBC ( offers chess scholarships worth up to $60,000 (full tuition, room, and board) to qualified applications. However, deadline is approaching and one must apply soon to qualify for Fall chess scholarships.

These scholarships include:

  • chess-player scholars (SAT>1400, USCF>2000, top 10% of HS class)
  • special merit for chess (USCF>2300, B student or better)
  • tournament-based awards (winner of U.S. Cadet wins full tuition scholarship)

Note: These are expectations and not absolutely strict requirements.

In addition, UMBC offers an unique (non-chess) scholarship known as the
Meyerhoff scholarship (essentially for minorities) that included full tuition, room and board, computer, books, summer programs, mentoring, and much more. Candidates must pledge to study science, engineering, or medicine at the Ph.D. or M.D. level after college. To apply, the candidate must submit an application for undergraduate admission to UMBC. The candidate must also include a résumé of his/her chess accomplishments.

Dr. Alan T. Sherman, Faculty Advisor
UMBC Chess Club
phone: 410-455-2666

Dept of CSEE
UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Posted by The Chess Drum: 19 April  2001