Oliver Receives Aellig Endowed Scholarship

June 28, 2012


NORMAL, Ill. - So much of the success of Illinois State Athletics can be attributed to the loyalty and passion of Redbird fans. They fill the stands, both on the Illinois State campus and on the road, to cheer loud for their Redbirds. Janyth Aellig's love of Illinois State led to the creation of an endowed scholarship in her memory. Redbird women's basketball sophomore Maddie Oliverhas been named the recipient of the 2012 Janyth Aellig Endowed Scholarship.

Head women's basketball coach Stephanie Glancebelieves Oliver is deserving of the award for her role in the Redbird program.

"It is an honor to receive the Janyth Aellig Endowed Scholarship, and Maddie is very deserving of the award," Glance said. "Maddie works very hard on and off the court and does it all with a positive attitude. She had a strong freshman season and made contributions to the women's basketball program."

Oliver played in all 32 games for the Redbirds during the 2011-12 and started in three contests. She averaged 2.6 points per game, scoring 82 points during the season with a 42 percent field-goal percentage. From the free throw line, the Roland, Iowa, native was 20-of-26, making 77 percent of her attempts. She brought down 72 total rebounds, averaging 2.3 boards per game. Oliver set a career-high with 14 points in her first-collegiate game against Ball State (Nov. 11), earning Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Week honors for her performance. She also grabbed eight rebounds against Arizona State (Dec. 3), setting a career-high.

The forward was appreciative of the honor, especially one that is named after such a loyal Redbird fan.

"It is an honor to be the recipient of the Janyth Aellig Endowed Scholarship," Oliver said. "The fans provide a great environment on game days. So, it is exciting to receive an endowment named after a lifelong fan."

The scholarship was established in 1997 and is awarded annually to a commendable volleyball or women's basketball student-athlete. Jan and her husband, Fred, attended almost every Redbird basketball and volleyball contest, home and away. When Jan passed away, the endowment was created by Fred and a group of over 50 friends and family in honor of Jan's passion for ISU Athletics.

The Aellig Endowed Scholarship is one of 24 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803.

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