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(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI (June 4, 2014)—In the wake of Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) releasing its annual data collection on athletic scholarships
valued at $14,589, 012 (14.6 per cent increase from 2011–12), the
University of Prince Edward Island announced Wednesday that it provided
$326,381 in athletic awards to student-athletes in 2012–13. This represents
a 28.5 per cent increase over the amount provided in the 2011–12 season.

Since 2006–07, the CIS has doubled the level of scholarships provided,
while UPEI has increased its scholarships by 155 per cent in the same
timeframe (UPEI awarded $128,188 in 2006–07).

“We are pleased that we have been able to continue to grow the investment
in our student-athletes. Athletic scholarships play a pivotal role in the
attraction and retention of elite student-athletes in a very competitive
region and country,” said UPEI Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill
Schurman. “In order to sustain the commitment to scholarships, we must
continue the effort to engage our alumni, as well as the community at

In 2012–13, the average annual scholarship granted to a CIS student-athlete
was $3,107, while at UPEI, student-athletes are granted $3,863 on average.
Given UPEI’s tuition is amongst the lowest in the country, its
student-athletes are receiving a higher percentage of tuition funding than
most CIS member institutions.

In 2012–13, the gender breakdown of awards at UPEI was 65.0 per cent to
female student-athletes and 35.0 per cent to male, while the CIS statistics
showed a near split of 49.0 per cent female to 51.0 per cent male.

Above and beyond athletic scholarships, substantial financial support is
available from universities to recognize academic success, financial need,
and leadership. In addition, many organizations such as Sport Canada and
the Canadian Hockey League provide significant financial assistance to CIS

In 2012–13, a record 73 UPEI student-athletes (37.4 per cent) achieved
Academic All-Canadian status after maintaining an academic average of 80.0
per cent or higher while competing for their university, demonstrating the
Canadian and Panther commitment to success in the classroom as well as the
playing field.

The CIS athletic scholarship data can be found at:

For more information on Panther sport visit www.gopanthersgo.ca

*About UPEI Athletics and Recreation*
*-Nine varsity sports and six club team programs*
*-Proud member of the AUS and CIS*
*-Athletic facilities include: Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, UPEI Alumni
Canada Games Place *
*-Other facilities available to students and the community at large
include: fitness centre, squash and racquetball courts, competition and
leisure pool with hot tub, and two ice arenas*