Katie Eisenman ’21 is one of four recipients of the U.S. Chess Federation’s inaugural Herbert B. Jacklyn Program Scholarship.
She currently is a first-year student at Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Materials Science and Engineering; she also is a member of the school’s chess club.
The scholarship program was created to assist young chess players in continuing their training as they reach adulthood.
Eisenman said two of her goals are to strengthen the community for girls and women in chess, ideally by mentoring younger girls, and to achieve a rating of 2200 by the end of college.
Scholarship recipients must be U.S. Chess members between 18 and 21 years of age with a rating between 1500 and 2000 and have a sustained history of playing in U.S. Chess-rated events.
Eisenman learned how to play chess in kindergarten and has been playing competitively since the fifth grade.
She was an active chess team member at both Ladue Middle School and LHWHS, contributing to team successes in the Gateway Chess League and at the Missouri State Scholastic Championships.