AGF Scholarship Programs

The American Go Foundation College Scholarship

The American Go Foundation has created a competitive merit scholarship program of $1000 to recognize high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the Go community. Students whose enthusiasm and ambition spread Go in under-served areas have greatly helped the American Go community. To apply, download and complete the application form below and describe your accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants who have started clubs and promoted Go in areas where there is not a current, strong Go community will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award is focused more on Go promoters and organizers who have substantially contributed during their Go career.

Please e-mail completed application forms by November 20th to mail@agfgo.org.

Download the AGF Scholarship form.

Eligibility and Rules for the American Go Foundation College Scholarship

Eligibility

Rules


AGA Summer Go Camps Scholarships

Scholarships are available for American Go Association Summer Go Camp. Interested campers should submit their applications directly to the camp coordinators. Those requesting assistance should complete the scholarship application process described below. Each scholarship will be in the range of $50 to $250 depending on the requested amount and the number of the requests. Campers are encouraged to raise additional funds from their local go clubs.

The scholarship application consists of:

  1. Summer Go Camp Registration Form
  2. Deposit of $75
  3. Application Essay: An essay (1+ page, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) written by the applicant about their involvement in the local go community. For example, did they start a go club in their local school? Do they share their knowledge with other players? Have they taught others how to play? Do they play in local, regional, or national tournaments? What achievements or awards have they won in go? What do they hope the gain by attending go camp? Essays become the property of the AGA/AGF and may be used for promotional purposes.
  4. Parent Statement: Please tell us how much you feel you will be able to pay towards camp costs and how much you will need in scholarship support so that your child(ren) will be able to attend. How much is the cost of transportation to the camp? Please give us any additional information about your child's go activities and interest in the game.

After the completion of the camp, scholarship recipients will be expected to write an post-camp essay (1+ page, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) about their positive camp experiences, learning experiences, and a review of their instructor(s). Essays become the property of the AGA/AGF and may be used for promotional purposes.

We hope that we will be able to meet all the scholarship needs so every child who is truly interested can attend go camp. It's important to apply early because scholarship money is limited! Scholarships are funded solely through donations to the American Go Foundation. The AGA and AGF are committed to making go camp available to all children who wish to come.

Note: To donate specifically to the Summer Camp Fund, mention Go Camp on the donation page.


US Go Congress Youth Scholarships

The US Go Congress is the ultimate Go playing experience, especially for young participants. The Congress features many special activites to attract and engage young players including:

Young Congress-goers can also play in the US Open, the Self-Paired, Pair Go, Lightning Go and other tournaments while enjoying other lectures and teaching events.

Scholarships are available to any Congress attendee under the age of 18. Most under-18s come with their families, but "singletons" can also attend, as long as someone at the Congress agrees to act in loco parentis.

Recently the AGA lost a major source of financial support for young Congress participants, so the AGF has decided to step up and continue some level of support. We are offering up to twenty scholarships of $200 each. We want to help kids come to the Congress who could not otherwise attend. We do not check for financial need -- too intrusive -- but you are on your honor not to ask for a scholarship unless you need one.

The scholarship application process is as follows:

  1. Registration: Register for the US Go Congress and identfy the famliy member or designated adult who will act as your guardian at the Congress.
  2. Application Essay: Write an essay (1+ page, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) about your involvement in Go. Where did you learn? How often do you play? What do you like best about Go? Have you taught your friends or others to play? What do you hope to gain by attending the Congress? What have you done and what are your goals as a player and member of the American Go community? Essays become the property of the AGA/AGF and may be used for promotional purposes. E-mail your essay to mail@agfgo.org, and please include contact information in the e-mail.
  3. Deadline: May 30. Up to 15 awardees will be selected by June 1. Applications received after the deadline will be placed in a lottery, along with other applicants who were not selected in the first round. The remaining scholarships will be awarded by chance.

After the Congress, scholarship recipients will be expected to write apost-Congress essay (1+ page, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) about their positive Congress experiences, learning experiences, and a review of their instructor(s). Essays become the property of the AGA/AGF and may be used for promotional purposes.

We hope that we will be able to meet all the scholarship needs so every child who is truly interested can attend the Congress. It's important to apply early because scholarship money is limited! Scholarships are funded solely through donations to the American Go Foundation. The AGA and AGF are committed to making the Congress available to all who wish to come.

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