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Three UIS students receive Avery Brundage scholarships

April 27, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Three students at the University of Illinois at Springfield have received Avery Brundage Scholarships, made to U of I students who excel in both academics and athletics. The students are Melanie Cain, Esteban Czwan Altobelli, and Jennifer L. Poss.

Cain, a junior in the Accountancy program, is from Philo, Illinois. A charter member of the first freshman class to include members of the women’s basketball team, she has played for the team the past three years and will begin her senior season in the fall of 2004.

Altobelli, a sophomore studying Computer Science, is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and last year was the first freshman to join the men’s tennis team.

Poss, a junior with a major in Business Administration and a minor in International Studies, is from Crystal Lake, Illinois. She is a charter freshman on the women’s tennis team, which recently won the NAIA Region V tournament and will be traveling to Mobile, Alabama, in mid-May to participate in the national tournament.

Full-time students, including incoming freshmen, graduate, and transfer students at the U of I are eligible to apply for Brundage scholarships. Undergraduate and transfer applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their incoming college, while incoming freshmen 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.

Avery Brundage was a 1909 graduate of the U of I who competed in the decathlon in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. All-around U.S. champion in 1914, 1916, and 1918, he later served as president of both the U.S. and International Olympic committees. In addition to athletic competitions, Brundage also maintained a keen interest in the University and served as a member of the University of Illinois Foundation, President’s Council, and Citizen’s Committee and established the scholarship endowment in 1974. Brundage died in 1975 at the age of 87.

Details about the Brundage scholarship program are available at

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.