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CIS releases 2009-10 athletic scholarship figures

Posted on 7 February 2011 in Around the Soccer World

Canadian Interuniversity Sport released its 2009-10 scholarship figures, showing that Canadian universities provided $10,603,619 in athletic scholarship money to CIS student-athletes.

From the 2009-10 university soccer season, there were 679 student-athletes (275 male and 405 female) who received an athletic scholarship. The combined dollar value of their athletic scholarships (male and female) was $1,603,132 in 2009-10.

“CIS is delighted that student-athletes continue to receive a significant amount of financial support to pursue their academics and athletics at Canadian universities,” said CIS Chief Executive Officer, Marg McGregor.

“Above and beyond the athletic scholarships, there is substantial additional financial support available from universities to recognize academic success, financial need and leadership. In addition many other organizations such as Sport Canada, Swimming Canada and the Canadian Hockey League also provide significant financial assistance to CIS student-athletes.”

“We know the availability of athletic scholarships is one of the key considerations for our best student-athletes staying in Canada and pursuing their athletic and academic careers at a CIS institution,” said CIS President Clint Hamilton. “To that end CIS members continue to work very hard in growing our scholarship capacity and once again the data evidences this strong commitment.”

The CIS underlines that athletic scholarships are provided for a variety of reasons, most notably to reward and recognize athletic excellence, to provide financial support to student-athletes, to recruit athletes, develop and sustain competitive teams, and to create incentive for Canadians to remain in Canada.

In 2009-10, York University won the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy in the men’s soccer championship in Toronto, ON. Queen’s University, meanwhile, won the Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy in Charlottetown, PE.

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