Receives Federal Funding
U.S. Olympic Education Center at NMU will receive nearly $990,000
in support for B.J. Stupak Scholarships and $400,000 in operational
funding through the legislative spending package signed Wednesday
by President George W. Bush.
are very grateful to Congressman Bart Stupak and the entire Michigan
delegation for their efforts in support of student athletes at the
USOEC," said NMU President Les Wong. "Through
this legislation, Northern will continue its work with the center
to provide a benefit to the campus, community and Upper Peninsula."
USOEC is the first and only center in the nation that allows athletes
with Olympic aspirations to train for world-class competition while
pursuing an education. Jeff Kleinschmidt (USOEC)
said the funds will serve the athletic and academic needs of the
nearly 100 men and women training at NMU.
student athletes will be able to continue their education while
training to represent all Americans at the Olympic Games in the
sports of boxing, luge, short-track speedskating, men's Greco-Roman
wrestling, women's freestyle wrestling and weightlifting,"
he added. "The athletes and staff sincerely appreciate Congressman
provides some funding for USOEC operations. The amount dropped substantially
through recent campus-wide cost-saving measures in response to cuts
in state higher education funding. Northern now contributes $80,000
to the USOEC, which represents the net tuition revenue of center
athletes attending the university.
are truly grateful for receiving federal support for this local
– and national – resource," said Mary Campbell, chair of the
NMU Board of Trustees. "The timing of this support makes it
extraordinarily helpful to Northern. The USOEC brings international
visibility to the university and the community."
B.J. Stupak Scholarship program is named in honor of the congressman's
late son. It provides federal financial aid to athletes who live
and train at the Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Lake
Placid, and Chula Vista, or at the USOEC at Northern. NMU administers
the program for all Olympic resident athletes.
athletes are eligible for a grant up to the full cost of attendance,
not to exceed $20,000 annually. They must attend a post-secondary
institution on at least a half-time basis and meet all rules regarding
eligibility for financial aid.
Weber, vice chair of the NMU board, said that as a Marquette resident,
he can personally attest to the vital role the USOEC plays in the
had a chance to witness it first hand when the USOEC hosted a World
Cup short-track speedskating competition last year," Weber
said. "The event generated a great deal of anticipation, excitement
and media coverage. It was also a tremendous boost to the local
economy. President Wong has done a great job working with our legislative
leaders to see this matter through in a challenging budgetary climate."