FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Date: November 1, 2000

                                                                                                            Contact: Lezli Austen

U of I students may apply for Avery Brundage scholarships

SPRINGFIELD – Applications for the 28th annual Avery Brundage Scholarship competition for University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics will be accepted beginning Friday, November 3, through Friday, January 12, 2001. Information and application materials are available at the financial aid and intramural/recreation offices of the Springfield, Urbana-Champaign, and Chicago campuses.

Full-time U of I students, including incoming freshmen, graduate, and transfer students, may apply. Grant-in-aid recipients may be eligible for Brundage scholarships, under specified conditions. Academic and athletic competence will be considered over financial need.

Undergraduate and transfer applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their college, while incoming first-year students must rank in the top 25 percent of their incoming class. Graduate and professional students must be in good academic standing.

Students must also demonstrate “special athletic ability” in an amateur sport, and their participation must have been for personal development rather than as preparation for professional athletics. Previous winners have represented a wide variety of sports, from archery, tennis, and swimming to wheelchair basketball. Last year, 26 winners were awarded $1,500 each.

Avery Brundage was a 1909 graduate of the U of I who competed in the 1912 Olympics and later served as president of both the U.S. and International Olympic committees. Before his death in 1975, he maintained his interest in the University through service as a member of the University of Illinois Foundation, President’s Council, and Citizen’s Committee.

Brundage established the scholarship in 1974 with an endowment to the U of I Foundation of $343,000. In the past 28 years, 608 scholarships with a total value of about $577,500 have been awarded.

At UIS, applications are available from the Office of Financial Assistance, SAB 60 E, (217) 206-6724.

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