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Nash Family Football Athletic Scholarship - Brendan Dunn

September 10, 2010

Brendan Dunn says receiving the Nash Family Football Athletic Scholarship combined with the opportunity to get a degree from Western is what kepthim in Canada to pursue his degree.

“Since athletic scholarships were introduced to the CIS (Canadian InteruniversitySport) and OUA (Ontario University Athletics) three years ago, Canadianathletes have been given the opportunity to develop their passion for athleticsas well as attain a quality education at institutions like Western,” says Brendanwho is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology. “Thanks to thegenerous donation, this scholarship, has allowed me the opportunity to excelin my athletic career as well as my studies.”

Prior to the OUA’s motion to grant athletic financial awards, student-athleteswith high academic averages had no athletic award opportunities inOntario. The Nash Family Football Athletic Scholarship was created in 2007and is awarded to a student entering first year of any full-time undergraduatedegree program at Western, who is a member of the Mustangs Football teamand excels academically. The Nash Family established this $3,500 scholarshipat Foundation Western, in recognition of the retirement of Western’s headfootball coach Larry Haylor.

Western has a goal to raise $4 million for Mustang Scholarships over the nextfour years, creating an endowment fund that will generate annual income insupport of Mustang student-athletes in perpetuity. Athletic Scholarships willhelp recipients with the cost of education, allow Western to compete withother CIS schools in recruiting the best student-athletes, and allow theuniversity to continue building strong, competitive teams.

Standing at six feet eight inches, Brendan plays the offensive tackle positionon the Mustangs Varsity Football team. He says he has been thrilled to be anambassador for the University as they travel from city to city to play otherfootball teams.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Brendan would like to pursue podiatry, a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Brendan notes that he would be persuaded to put his podiatry aspirations on hold if the opportunity to play in the CFL materializes.

“That would be a dream come true, playing the sport I love so much,as a professional.”

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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