USCF Home Chess Life Online 2008 March Schein-Friedman Awards Announced
|Schein-Friedman Awards Announced|
|By Mark Schein/Aviv Friedman|
|March 11, 2008|
The Schein - Friedman Scholastic Recognition Project is glad to announce its first year scholarship recipients.|
Our top recipient is Floridian IM-elect Ray Robson, who will receive a $6,000 scholarship. Ray is a rising star on the US youth scene, and is an amazing talent. He is a hard worker, who is expected to make it far in the chess world.
Second place, and a $4,000 scholarship goes to Daniel Naroditsky of California. Daniel is another leading talent, who caused a sensation when he won the gold medal and world championship for boys under age 12, in Turkey last year.
The third scholarship, for $2,500 goes to IM Robert Hess from New York. Robert is already a strong International Master, with a rating nearing the 2500 mark. He is actively pursuing his Grandmaster title.
The three winners were selected from am impressive list of promising young applicants, in cooperation with the US Chess Trust (special thanks to Barbara DeMaro).
The project is a two-tier program, designed to help some of our younger champions improve and dedicate themselves more to chess, while offsetting the financial expenses that usually come with those. Hopefully the project will reward excelling youngsters, and help them become tomorrow’s best players and Grandmasters. At the same time they would be serving as role models and inspiration to the entire scholastic community.
The program is generally designed for youngsters age 7-17. Occasionally, in cases of unusual excellence (considerably exceeding the program’s criterions), applications by players up to age 20 would be considered.
We expect to announce our application process for the 2009 year, sometimes in November 2008.