The Latvian Sports Federation Council (LSFP) has unveiled the beneficiaries of Sports Scholarships for the 2023/2024 academic year. The list of recipients includes several members of the Latvian national floorball team. The scholarships, funded by the state budget, aim to assist student-athletes in harmonizing their academic pursuits with their sports prowess, priming them for future national team participation.
From an impressive total of 94 applications, 52 student-athletes spanning various sports have been granted scholarships. The most significant scholarships, amounting to 2000 euros each, were awarded to luge athletes Elina Ieva Vitola and Kendija Aparjode, while track and field athlete Agate Caune received 1800 euros.
Range of Sports Represented
The scholarships represent a breadth of 20 different sports. This includes eight floorball players, seven orienteers, six luge athletes, five basketball players, five track and field athletes, and four swimmers. Athletes from other sports such as biathlon, bobsleigh, wrestling, figure skating, frisbee, hockey, canoeing, crossminton, gymnastics, water motorsport, and volleyball also made it to the recipient list.
Impact on Education
Most scholarship recipients are enrolled at Riga Technical University, followed by the University of Latvia, Turiba Business School, and other institutions. LSFP President Einars Fogelis underscored the importance of acknowledging athletes' accomplishments and bolstering their education. He further stressed that the scholarships contribute to individual talent development and the future of Latvian sports and education.
The scholarship committee comprises representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science's Sports Department, the Latvian Olympic Committee, the Latvian University Sports Association, and the Latvian Sports Federation Council.