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Twenty students win Brundage Scholarships

Jeff Unger, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Twenty University of Illinois students from the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses have won Avery Brundage Scholarships for excellence in academics and athletics. Each student will receive $2,000 for the 2001-2002 academic year.

The 11 recipients from the Urbana-Champaign campus, with their fields of study and sports, are (EDITORS: See list.).

The Avery Brundage Scholarship Fund Committee consists of eight representatives from the faculties and student bodies of the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign campuses. The committee selects students who engage in athletics for personal development rather than as preparation for professional sports. The students must be working toward bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees, and they must be in the upper 25 percent of their undergraduate class or in good academic standing in their graduate program.

The scholarship program was established in 1974 by an endowment from the late Avery Brundage, a UI alumnus and president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972. Brundage graduated from the UI in 1909 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He participated in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm as a pentathlete and decathlete. Brundage died May 8, 1975.

During the past 27 years, the scholarship program has awarded $557,000 to 588 students.

2000-2001 AVERY

CENTRALIA – Tyrone Jones, education, leisure studies, track and field and basketball

CHAMPAIGN – Michael Aref, engineering/medicine; martial arts; Christopher Moyer, 58 E. John St., counseling psychology, soccer and cycling

FREEPORT – Scott Winter, architecture, swimming, tennis and golf

HIGHLAND – Bryan Boudouris, chemical engineering, tennis and soccer

MOLINE – Tara Rogers, food science and human nutrition, cross country and track

OAK PARK – Suzanne Bartelson, art education, soccer and field hockey


INDIANA, Indianapolis – Rory Ball, civil engineering, soccer, swimming and triathalon

MISSOURI, St. Louis – Christopher Graesser, mechanical engineering, cross country and running


BRITISH COLUMBIA, Summerland – Ronald Crawford, teaching English as a second language, wheelchair basketball

MANITOBA, Winnipeg – Travis Gaertner, actuarial sciences, wheelchair basketball