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Avery Brundage scholarship applications available online

Mare Payne , News Bureau


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Students who excel in academics and amateur athletics are eligible to compete for the 31st annual Avery Brundage Scholarships.

For the first time, paper applications will not be distributed. Instead, scholarship applications will be submitted online. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Jan. 30, 2004.

Full-time University of Illinois 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, 21 winners were awarded at least $2,000 each.

The late Avery Brundage established the scholarships in 1974 with a $343,000 endowment to the University of Illinois Foundation. In the past 30 years, 650 scholarships with a total value of about $676,500 have been awarded.

Brundage, a 1909 graduate of Illinois, competed in the 1912 Olympics and served as president of the U.S. and International Olympic committees. He also served as a member of the University of Illinois Foundation, the President’s Council and the Citizen’s Committee.