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2009-2010 Avery Brundage Scholarships available


Gayle L. Layman, Universitywide Student Programs
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 36th annual Avery Brundage Scholarship competition.

Scholarship applications can be submitted online. The deadline for submission is Jan. 31.

Full-time students at the Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana campuses, including incoming freshman, graduate and transfer students, may apply. Grant-in-aid recipients may be eligible for Brundage scholarships under specific conditions. Academic and athletic competence will be considered over financial need.

Undergraduate and transfer student applications must rank in the top 25 percent of their college, and incoming freshmen must rank in the upper 25 percent of their incoming class. Graduate and professional students must be in good academic standing.

Students also must have demonstrated “special athletic ability” in an amateur sport. However, their participation must have been for personal development, rather than 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, 19 winners were awarded $2,500 each.

The late Avery Brundage, a 1909 U. of I. graduate, competed in the 1912 Olympics and later served as president of the U.S. and International Olympic committees. He established the scholarship in 1974, with a $343,000 endowment to the U. of I. Foundation. In the past 35 years, 732 scholarships with a total value of $858,000 have been awarded. Brundage also was a member of the U. of I. Foundation, President’s Council and Citizen’s Committee. He died in 1975.