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Landon Brownell
(1989 - 2009)

Named after Landon Brownell, an exceptional player and role-model to chess players of all ages. His memory and legacy will live on.


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Landon Brownell Memorial Scholarships

The Southern Arizona Chess Association is pleased to offer merit-based scholarships up to the amount of $300 to any eligible scholastic chess player from the Southern Arizona region.  The scholarships will be awarded yearly.

Note that for the 2020-2021 school year, SACA has suspended the $300 scholarship award. Applicants may still apply to officially be named an honoree or for the 2020-2021 school year.



The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to Southern Arizona scholastic chess players who have demonstrated excellence in chess and a desire to further their chess development.

Eligibility Requirements

As of June 30 of the current year the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Live in Southern Arizona.  Southern Arizona is defined as Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties.
  2. Participated in at least 1 SACA sponsored chess tournament (either over-the-board or online) since June 1 of the previous year.
  3. Be a current (or family) member of SACA.
  4. Be enrolled in 3rd – 12th grade in school or the home schooled equivalent.
  5. Obtained the minimum official established USCF rating based on current grade at least once since June 30 of the previous year.
  6. Current Grade3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th
    USCF Minimum Rating1300140015001600170018001850190019502000
  7. In order to be eligible for the current year, the applicant cannot have received a SACA Merit Scholarship the previous year.  (Applicant would be listed as an Honorable Mention.)

Method of Award

SACA will reimburse up to $300 in chess expenses of the scholarship award winner.  The reimbursement will only be awarded once, but may be used for multiple expenses.  A receipt of purchase will be required in order for SACA to reimburse the scholarship winner.

Note that for the 2020-2021 school year, SACA has suspended the $300 scholarship award. Applicants may still apply to officially be named an honoree for the 2020-2021 school year.

The following are eligible for SACA Scholarship reimbursement:

If there are any questions regarding permissible use of scholarship funds, please contact SACA prior to purchasing any good or services.  Chess lessons are NOT permissible for scholarship funds.  Scholarship funds are non-transferable.

Applications for award are due by December 31 of the completed school year in which eligibility requirements are met.

Requests for reimbursement (including all receipts) are due by December 31 of the following year in which the scholarship was awarded.  All late requests will be denied.

SACA reserves the right to change or discontinue this Scholarship at any time, but will honor any scholarships that have already been awarded.

Landon Brownell Memorial Scholarship Application