We are thrilled to announce that BCS Founder and Executive Director Elizabeth Shaughnessy has been selected as a 2023 AARP Purpose Prize Fellow!  Each year, the Purpose Prize honors fifteen individuals, aged fifty and older, who are using their knowledge and life experience to solve challenging social problems.

We are honored and grateful that the Purpose Prize Jury recognized the value of Elizabeth’s work, and the role chess can play in helping all children, especially those struggling with learning inequalities, flourish academically and in their lives.  Because of Elizabeth’s Fellowship, the Berkeley Chess School will receive a $10,000 grant and one year of technical assistance from the AARP!  To learn more about the AARP Purpose Prize, visit https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/info-2022/purpose-prize-winners.html.  Congratulations, Elizabeth!