Volume 95, Issue 67

Friday, February 1, 2002
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New rules mean big scholarships for varsity athletes

New rules mean big scholarships for varsity athletes

By Mike Marinett
Gazette Staff

After restrictions on Canada's athletic scholarship system were removed in the summer, Canadian universities distributed a total of $6.2 million to varsity athletes, a new study reports.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the governing body for university athletics in Canada, recently released their first comprehensive report on athletic scholarships.

The study revealed that universities in Canada paid their athletes a total of $6.2 million in awards and scholarships last year, said Marc Bartschat, communications manager for CIS.

"The report was carried out because we wanted to celebrate the fact that, contrary to popular belief, Canadian athletes have a viable alternative to university in the United States," he said.

The CIS dropped a regulation in June that limited athletic scholarships at Canadian universities to a maximum of $1,500 per year, he confirmed.

The legislative change allows universities to pay a student's entire tuition, but does not include accommodation or course materials, he said.

"The $1,500 rule was established 15 years ago, with the intention that it would be enough to cover a student's full tuition," Bartschat said.

Bruce Madej, spokesman at the University of Michigan, said Michigan spends $8.9 million a year on athletic scholarships for 450 athletes.

"The Big 10 [conference] schools do bring in a lion's share [of wealth] from their football and basketball programs," he said, noting the wealth is distributed to support other collegiate sports on campus.

"There's simply more of an emphasis on college athletics in the United States than in Canada," he said.

Dean Lowry, coach of Western's women's volleyball team, said Canada can offer athletes opportunities not available in the U.S..

American universities concentrate largely on the performance of their athletes and not enough on their academic programs, he said, adding Canada's drawing power also lies in its national team programs.

Dan Smith, director of athletics and recreation at Western, said athletes should not receive scholarships based on their athletic performance alone.

Smith said he agreed with Ontario's policy of granting scholarships only to athletes with academic averages of 70 per cent or more, as well as restricting Ontario universities from offering athletic entrance scholarships for first-year athletes. "We don't want entrance scholarships to be used as an enticement for athletes," he said.

–with files from Chris Lackner

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