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Four UIS students receive Avery Brundage scholarships

June 2, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Four students at the University of Illinois at Springfield -- Melanie Cain, Esteban Czwan Altobelli, Samantha Drews, and Brian McMillen -- were among 22 recipients of Avery Brundage Scholarships, made to U of I students who excel in both academics and athletics. Each student will receive a $2,000 award for the 2005-2006 academic year.

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Cain is from Philo, Illinois, and will be a graduate student in the Communication program this fall. A member of the women’s basketball team for three years, she joined the women’s softball team during her senior year. In high school she was also active in track and field.

Altobelli, who will be a senior in the Computer Science program, is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the first freshman to join the UIS men’s tennis team.

Drews, from Moline, will be a junior majoring in Political Studies and was a member of the women’s tennis team in 2004. She plans to become involved in student government during 2005.

McMillen is from Springfield. This fall he will be a senior in the Criminal Justice program. He is a returning member of the men’s basketball team and was previously active in football and track and field.

Brundage scholarship recipients are selected by a committee representing the faculties and student bodies of the three U of I campuses. Students chosen must engage in athletics for personal development, not as preparation for professional sports; must be working toward bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees at the U of I; and must be in the upper 25 percent of their undergraduate class or in good academic standing in their graduate program. 

The scholarships were established in 1974 by an endowment from Avery Brundage, University of Illinois alumnus and former president of the International and U.S. Olympic committees.  Since 1974, 691 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $758,500.

Details about the Brundage scholarship program are available at www.usp.uillinois.edu/brundage.

  

 

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