Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Avery Brundage Scholarships awarded to four UIS student-athletes

Four students from the University of Illinois Springfield have been awarded Avery Brundage Scholarships for excellence in academics and athletics. Each winner will receive a $2,250 award for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The recipients include: Mallory Beck of Springfield, Illinois, an undeclared major on the Prairie Stars basketball and softball team; Megan Bergerud of Virginia, Illinois, an undeclared major who plays basketball; Tina Buck of Imperial, Missouri, a communication major that plays softball; and Brittnee Wojciechowski of Peru, Illinois, a biology major that plays volleyball.

The Avery Brundage Scholarship Fund Committee, composed of nine representatives from the faculties and student bodies of the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign campuses, selects students from each U of I campus who engage in athletics for personal development, not as preparation for professional sports. In addition, the students must be working toward bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at the University of Illinois and 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 Avery Brundage, University of Illinois alumnus and former president of the International and U.S. Olympic committees.

For more information contact Gayle Layman, director of University-wide Student Programs at 217/333-1171.

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