Twenty Big 12 student-athletes have been selected to receive 2015-16 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the Conference announced.
The scholarships are named in honor of the late Dr. Prentice Gautt, a former Big 12 Conference staff member and student services' pioneer who passed away in March 2005. The list of all-time recipients has grown to 381 since the inception of the league in 1996-97. Starting in 2002-03, additional funding increased scholarship award winners to two per member institution.
To date the Big 12 has provided over $2.7 million for postgraduate education. The individual grants began at $2,500 in 1996-97, were raised to $5,000 in 1999 and increased to $6,900 for 2004-05. The awards climbed to $7,500 in 2006-07, moved to $9,000 in 2011-12 and are now at $10,000 since 2013-14.
Criteria for the awards includes a cumulative grade point average of 3.200 on a 4.000 scale, participation in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at the nominee's respective institution and completion of athletics' eligibility. The student-athletes also must graduate from their respective member institutions within 15 months of their selection for a postgraduate scholarship and are expected to enroll in graduate/professional schools within two years of graduation. Three faculty representatives, one senior woman administrator and one director of athletics form the selection panel for the awards.
2015-16 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
|Baylor||Raena Rhone||Track & Field|
|Baylor||John Ryan Hardy||Cross Country/Track & Field|
|Iowa State||Kristen Henson||Cross Country/Track & Field|
|Iowa State||Collin Foster||Men’s Golf|
|Kansas||Tessa Louise Scott||Rowing|
|Kansas||James Hampton||Cross Country/Track & Field|
|Kansas State||Erika Schiller||Cross Country/Track & Field|
|Kansas State||Ian Patterson||Football|
|Oklahoma State||Justine Peters||Equestrian|
|Oklahoma State||Ford Stuen||Men’s Basketball|
|TCU||Megan Smith||Track & Field|
|TCU||Adam Damadzic||Track & Field|
|Texas||Daniel Newsome||Men’s Basketball|
|Texas Tech||Jennifer Allen||Volleyball|
|Texas Tech||Evan Nix||Tennis|
|West Virginia||Amanda Hill||Soccer|
|West Virginia||Katie Murto||Women’s Swimming|