OTTAWA - Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced on Monday the findings of its data collection on athletic scholarships provided by Canadian universities during the course of the 2008-09 academic year. The data reveals that in 08-09 Canadian universities together provided $9,997,758 in athletic scholarship money to CIS student-athletes. A common and outdated misconception is that athletic scholarships are only available south of the border. In fact one in two CIS student-athletes receives athletic scholarships says CIS Chief Executive Officer, Marg McGregor. Although athletic awards are provided in every CIS sport, the largest average value of an athletic scholarship to men was provided in basketball, hockey and football. For women, the largest average athletic scholarships were provided in basketball, volleyball and hockey.


“Athletic scholarships are a vital component in providing an
outstanding educational and athletic experience for our
student-athletes and are critical in the decision for our students to
pursue their dreams in Canada,” adds CIS President Clint Hamilton.

From the perspective of a gender comparison, in 2008-09, 58% of
athletic scholarship dollars went to male student-athletes, who
represent 54% of all CIS student-athletes.

The average undergraduate tuition in Canada (including compulsory fees)
is $4,917, a fraction of the cost of tuition south of the border.

Last year over 2,200 CIS student-athletes (22%) achieved an academic
average of 80 percent or higher while competing for their universities,
demonstrating the Canadian commitment to success in the classroom as
well as the playing field.

“Canadians have a tendency to be self-deprecating by nature, we are
naturally humble and tend to underestimate how great we are,” says
McGregor. “It’s time we stopped apologizing. The quality of Canadian
universities is world class, significant financial support is
available, playing time opportunities and exposure to Team Canada
coaches is often better in Canada, and CIS coaches are top-notch.”

“When one considers all the factors CIS should be the destination of choice for top student-athletes.”

The athletic scholarship data can be found at:

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of
university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000
student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in
12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international
opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer
Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For
further information, visit

(with information from CIS and Canada Basketball)

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