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 293 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 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 and moved to $9,000 in 2011-12.
Criteria for the awards includes a cumulative grade point average of 3.500 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.
2011-12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
|Kianna Elahi||Iowa State||Track & Field|
|Brett Bueker||Iowa State||Football|
|Rebeka Stowe||Kansas||CC / Track & Field|
|Zach Zarda||Kansas||CC / Track & Field|
|Ryan Krais||Kansas State||Track & Field|
|Matthew Giller||Kansas State||Baseball|
|Chelsea Garcia||Oklahoma State||Softball|
|Mark Nelson||Oklahoma State||CC / Track & Field|
|Sheri Olivier||Texas A&M||Tennis|
|William Barry||Texas A&M||CC / Track & Field|
|Holley Gentsch||Texas Tech||Softball|
|Scott LeJeune||Texas Tech||Baseball|