New Scholarship Endowed by Dewain and Susan Barber

US Chess is delighted to announce the creation of a new scholarship for the winners of the US Junior Championship, the US Cadet Championship, and the US Junior Girls Championship beginning in 2019 and running through 2023. The scholarship is generously funded by Susan and Dewain Barber, the Dean of Scholastic Chess, and supported with matching funds by US Chess.
Susan and Dewain Barber (photo Al Lawrence)
Each of the winners of the three tournaments listed above will take home a $10,000 college scholarship for use at any accredited institution of higher learning. Tournament tiebreaks will be used in the event of a tie to determine the scholarship recipient.

US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer told CLO that:
The scholarship fund established by Dewain and Sue Barber is the culmination of a vision that the Barbers have for scholastic age chess players. As two former teachers, they want to make it possible for young people to continue their education at the institution of their choice. Their generosity in setting up these scholarships is part of their legacy as long-time educators and chess community leaders.
Geoff Isaak, who serves as Director of Development for US Chess, said:
This gift from Dewain and Sue Barber is tremendous on several levels. Not only does it significantly strengthen our scholastic program, it also inspires others to think big and consider giving back in ways that are not just good for chess, but also good for its young players. These scholarships are transformational – their impact will be felt far beyond the game board and well into the academic careers and professional lives of recipients. I cannot think of a better way to advance the educational charge entrusted to US Chess.
US Chess thanks the Barbers for their continued commitment to scholastic chess, and to US Chess. Questions: Please contact Geoff Issak, Director of Development, or Dan Lucas, Senior Director of Strategic Communications,    


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Thank you for recognizing two incredibly generous people and their commitment to others. They are an inspiration to friends, family, and to the world at large.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Amazing generosity!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Matching funds from USChess? USChess has $25,000 lying around to set aside for this? (I'm assuming 5 years x half of the $10,000 total to equal "matching.") Mr. Isaak says, "I cannot think of a better way to advance the educational charge entrusted to US Chess." That is a very debatable opinion.

In reply to by T-Braunlich (not verified)

The way I read it (and happy to be corrected if I got wrong), $10,000 is per winner and there will be three winners. So, it is $30,000 in total. So, provided my math is correct, Mrs and Mr. Barber donating at least $15,000 per year for this Scholarship. It is very generous and noble act! Many thanks to Susan and Dewain. Also, it is important that this scholarship is not limited to a particular college or university and may help talented players to attend a school of their dream. With regards to USCF providing some matching $$$, I do not have a strong opinion on this. I personally would like to see more funds to come in to support talented young players, perhaps USCF matching in this case helps to promote this idea and is a good thing. Perhaps USCF funds could be allocated differently, but once again, I have no idea what would that be.

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