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Eight students at Urbana campus win Avery Brundage Scholarships


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Twenty-two 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 2005-2006 academic year.

The eight 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 three U. of I. 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 1909 U. of I. graduate and president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972. Brundage participated in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm as a pentathlete and decathlete. He died May 8, 1975.


CHAMPAIGN – Matthew Hartman, medicine, tae kwon do

HERSCHER – Brennan O’Connor, electrical and computer engineering, cross country

RIVERTON – Allen Barton, civil engineering, soccer

ROSCOE – Charles Kurlinkus, integrative biology, track and field

URBANA – Mina Mojtahedi, nutritional sciences, wheelchair basketball; Richard Thompson, finance; baseball, golf


OHIO, Toledo – Mary Miller, Spanish, softball

UTAH, Salt Lake City – Jeffrey Townsend, leisure studies, wheelchair basketball