Chess Program

Office of the Executive Vice President

Chess Program Details

UT Dallas offers several chess scholarships to qualified student-players. We welcome candidates who are excellent students, strong chess competitors and will contribute to the chess program.

Undergraduate Chess Merit Scholarships

Scholarships are available for exceptionally strong chess players (FIDE 2500 and above). The amount of the award varies according to qualifications and can include scholarship funds and tournament training support.

Chess I Scholarship
  • In addition to eight semesters (four years) of complete support for tuition and mandatory fees, the Chess I Scholarship provides a generous cash stipend to defray the costs of educational expenses and housing. The Chess Program Scholarship guidelines apply with regard to GPA requirements and probation.
Chess II Scholarship
  • This scholarship covers complete cost of tuition and mandatory fees through eight semesters (four years) of enrollment. In addition, the Chess II Scholarship provides a $1,000 per semester contribution toward housing expenses. The Chess Program Scholarship guidelines apply with regard to GPA requirements and probation.
Chess III Scholarship
  • Students awarded a Chess III Scholarship receive $3,000 per semester ($24,000 total over four years) applied toward UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees. This scholarship is awarded for four years (eight semesters). The Chess Program Scholarship guidelines apply with regard to GPA requirements and probation.

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarship are available only to students who have been accepted and enrolled at UT Dallas.

All recipients of chess scholarships are expected to qualify for and play on a UT Dallas Chess Team, participate in the community service activities of the UT Dallas Chess Club and follow the Chess Team Rules.

Graduate Chess Scholarship

Chess I.g Scholarship – In addition to four semesters (two years) of complete support for tuition and mandatory fees for students seeking a two year master’s degree, the Chess I.g Scholarship provides a generous cash stipend to defray the cost of books, supplies and other educational expenses. These graduate Chess Scholarships are for top-rated players. Only graduate students who are at the GM and IM level should apply.

To apply for any chess scholarship, first submit a Recruitment Form to the chess program director Jim Stallings. For full consideration, chess scholarship applications for each Fall semester must be complete by February 1 immediately prior for international applicants. Applicants for any chess scholarship must take the SAT1 or ACT, unless they already have completed two full years of university studies. Non-native speakers must also take an English Proficiency Exam, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, or PET.

Maintaining Chess Scholarships: Scholarship recipients are required to meet these guidelines.

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