central florida chess club
annual 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. Winners will be chosen and announced during the annual CFCC Autumn Open & Scholastic tournament.

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 and free entry into:

National Scholastic K-12 Grade Championship
(December 2019)
Disney Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000


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.

  • Grade eligibility for each award is determined by the grade level of the student for the coming 2018-2019 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 he or she enjoys learning, playing, and competing in rated chess tournaments

  • Why they should be selected for the scholarship award


Entry date for the 2019 Jonathan Lee Scholastic Chess Scholarship essays will be announced on the news blog.


Coaching sessions must be arranged and scheduled with the awarding coach and will take place at their discretion and availability and will normally be held at local cafes or 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