Elizabeth Hubbard Selected as Avery Brundage Scholarship Winner
The Avery Brundage Scholarship Selection Committee has selected Elizabeth Hubbard as one of the 2016-2076 Avery Brundage Scholarship winners. Elizabeth is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Rob Motl. The scholarship is awarded to University of Illinois students "who are both gifted students and exceptional athletes, for their combined physical and mental development”.
The Avery Brundage Scholarship was established in by Avery Brundage, who died in 1975 at the age of 87 and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1909 with scholastic honors in civil engineering. In 1929, Brundage became president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, a position he held for twenty-five years. In 1952, he was elected president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a post he held until after the Munich Games in 1972. Upon retirement from the IOC, Brundage was named honorary president for life.
In March, 1973, Brundage announced an initial cash gift to the University for the scholarship program that bears his name to reward and recognize University of Illinois students who excel in scholastic work and in amateur athletics.
The Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is dedicated to the study of exercise and its benefits for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Their studies focus on the scientific evidence and methods for encouraging exercise and physical activity as behaviors that can slow, stop, and reverse the life-altering effects of MS.
Congratulations, Elizabeth, and on this prestigious honor!