The Chess Advantage,
There are certain advantages to learning to play chess. Aside from the fact that chess is a great game, it also teaches players to think strategically. This ability to reason and think strategically has apparently found its admirers in academia. So much so that educational institutions are willing to pay and offer scholarships to students that are elite chess players.
There are a number of institutions that are willing to offer scholarships for chess champions. The rational is that those that have attained the status of elite in the world of chess also possess the qualities to make them successful students.
Texas Tech, the University of Maryland and Connecticut are some of the schools that offer scholarships for elite chess players. Some of the best scholarships cover tuition, room and board, and are worth over $69,400 over four years.
Also, let us not forget that the federal government is providing over $790 million in funding for the 2006-07 academic year and 4.5 billion over the next five years. The contacts for the Academic competitiveness and Smart Grants are Samara Yudor and Casey Ruberg (202) 401-1576
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