For immediate release
||Jon Senderling, UTD
(May 2, 2001) –The
University of Texas at Dallas, which last month won the “Final
Four” national collegiate chess team championship in Dallas, has
awarded four-year, full-tuition-and-fees scholarships to four of the
top performers at the "SuperNationals II" of chess
competition in Kansas City last weekend.
winners of the scholarships, each of which has a cash value of about
$45,000 to non-Texas residents, were Noah J. Siegel, 18, and Samson
Benen, 16, both of New York City, John Bartholomew, 14, of Egan,
Minnesota, and Noah Pang, 11, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The only stipulation is that the winners must meet UTD’s
rigorous entrance requirements at matriculation.
and Benen, with 6½ points each, tied with Hikaru Nakamura, 14, of
White Plains, New York, for first place in the National High School
already had won a scholarship to UTD with his victory a year ago in
the National Elementary School Championship in Grapevine, Texas. Four players tied for first, with six points each, in the
National Junior High School Championship.
Bartholomew won the scholarship on tiebreak points.
Pang, with a perfect score of seven points, won the National
Elementary School Championship.
than 4,700 students participated in “SuperNationals II,” making it
the largest chess tournament ever held in the United States.
For the first time, the three scholastic levels of play
elementary, junior high and high school were combined into one
Associate Provost and Undergraduate Dean Dr. Michael Coleman and
General Studies Dean Dr. George Fair presented the scholarships to the
winners. UTD Chess
Program Director and Coach Dr. Tim Redman also attended the tournament
in his capacity as the current president of the U.S. Chess
Federation, the 90,000-member national governing body of chess, which
co-sponsored “SuperNationals II” along with the Kansas City
view these scholarships as a way along with our McDermott Scholars
program and other opportunities that are available at The University
of Texas at Dallas for us to recruit top high school talent
nationally,” said Coleman. “To
us, competitive chess at this level is a metaphor for excellence.”
Last month, the UTD chess team defeated the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford to win the “Final Four” championship in Dallas. UTD and UMBC had tied for first place at last December’s Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships in Milwaukee.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. UTD, which has no football team, ranks among the top universities in the country in computer science graduates and has strong programs in many other academic areas including engineering. For more information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu
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