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Avery Brundage Scholarships available student athletes

Sharita Forrest , News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Students who excel in both academics and amateur athletics are eligible to compete for the 28th annual Avery Brundage Scholarships.

Applications will be available at the financial aid and intramural/recreation offices of the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses beginning the first week of November. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Jan. 12, 2001.

Full-time UI students, including incoming freshman, graduate and transfer students, may apply for Brundage scholarships. Under specific conditions, grant-in-aid recipients may be eligible. Academic and athletic competence will be considered over financial need.

To qualify, undergraduate and transfer student applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their college; incoming freshmen must rank in the upper 25 percent of their incoming class. Graduate and professional students must be in good academic standing.

In addition, students also must have demonstrated "special athletic ability" in an amateur sport in which they participated for personal development and not as preparation for professional athletics.

Previous Brundage scholarship winners have represented a wide variety of sports from archery and tennis to swimming and wheelchair basketball. Last year, 26 winners were awarded $1,500 each.

The late Avery Brundage established the scholarships in 1974 with a $343,000 endowment to the University of Illinois Foundation. In the past 28 years, 608 scholarships with a total value of about $577,500 have been awarded.

Brundage was a 1909 UI graduate who competed in the 1912 Olympics and later served as president of both the U.S. and International Olympic committees. Brundage also served as a member of the University of Illinois Foundation, the President's Council and the Citizen's Committee.

Applications for Avery Brundage Scholarships are available at all three UI campuses:

orange dot Urbana-Champaign campus:
Office of Student Financial Aid
620 E. John St.
Champaign, IL 61820 (MC-303)

Division of Campus Recreation
170 Intramural-Physical Education Building
201 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820

orange dot Chicago Campus:
Office of Student Financial Aid
1800 Student Services Building
1200 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60607 (MC-334)

Any Intramural and Recreation Office
149 Physical Education Building, or 238 Chicago Circle Center, or 50 Chicago Illini Union

Office of Medical Student Financial Aid
163 College of Medicine East
808 S. Wood St. Chicago, IL 60612 (MC-783)

orange dot Springfield campus:
Office of Student Affairs
SAB 20 University of Illinois at Springfield
P.O. Box 19243 Springfield, IL 62794-9243

Scholarship information and downloadable applications are also available on the Web at