central florida chess club
2020 Jonathan Lee scholastic chess scholarship award

In honor of the late Jonathan Lee, long-time CFCC board member, avid chess player, and supporter of scholastic chess, the Central Florida Chess Club has created the annual Jonathan Lee Scholastic Chess Scholarship Award.

The Jonathan Lee Scholastic Chess Scholarship Award provides one (1) elementary school student and one (1) middle school student with five (5) 1-hour private chess coaching lessons as well as free entry (a $50 value) into the National Scholastic K-12 Grade Championship held in Orlando, FL.

2019 Winners

Elementary School: Isabel L., 5th grade
Elementary School: Kenji B., 5th grade
No middle school submissions were received in 2019


Any elementary or middle school chess player who is passionate about competing in chess tournaments and has a strong desire to improve their skills in the great game of chess is eligible.

  • Grade eligibility for each award is determined by the grade level of the student for the coming 2020-2021 academic school year.

  • All private coaching will take place in the Orlando area and must be scheduled with the coach based on their availability.


Using their own words, applicants must submit a simple essay (either by email or handwritten) explaining:

  • What they like about the great game of chess

  • Why they enjoy learning, playing, and competing in rated chess tournaments

  • Why they should be selected for the scholarship award

The submission period for 2020 essays will be announced at our 2020 Sunshine Open & Scholastic (date TBA).


Winners will be announced at our 2020 Autumn Open & Scholastic (date TBA).


Coaching sessions must be scheduled with the awarding coach and will take place at their discretion and availability. The sessions will normally be held at local cafes/coffee shops within the Orlando area. Awarded lessons are intended to be completed in time for the recipient to participate in the K-12 Grade Level Championship with the benefit of coaching feedback.

2018 winners

Middle School: Alison S., 8th grade
Elementary School: Andersen L., 3rd grade