Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three UIS student-athletes receive Avery Brundage Scholarships

Three students from the University of Illinois Springfield have been awarded Avery Brundage Scholarships for excellence in academics and athletics. Each winner will receive a $2,500 award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The recipients are Falyn Lockenour of New Berlin, Ill., a psychology major and women’s soccer player; Paige Polonus of Plainfield, Ill., a biology major and women’s soccer player; and Rebbecca Ramirez of Springfield, Ill., a psychology major and member of the women’s golf team.

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 bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees at the U of I 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 Tim Gilles, scholarship coordinator for University-wide Student Programs at 217/333-1171.

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