Former Chess Journalist of the Year Jamaal Abdul Alim just wrote an article for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education on James Black, Joshua Colas, and Justus Williams, all of whom have accepted partial or full scholarships to Webster University.
From Jamaal’s article:
“(Williams) said the chess scholarship shows that there are more ways for African-American students who lack the finances to pay for higher education to get a full ride to college beyond more traditional sports. Williams said he plans to major in communications and has an interest in activism.
“It doesn’t have to be basketball or music. That’s not the only way that us Black people can find a way out to make something better of ourselves,” Williams said. “We don’t have to automatically go to one of those fields. Chess is just another way to succeed. It doesn’t have to be chess but there’s other ways to succeed in fields that can offer the things that chess offers.”