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Big 12 Announces Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
June 08, 2012
Twenty Big 12 student-athletes have been selected to receive 2011-12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the Conference office 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 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

Sydney Wilson Baylor Softball
Jon Rigenberg Baylor Baseball
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
Allison Heizelman Missouri Gymnastics
Andreas Plackis Missouri Baseball
Megan Ferguson Oklahoma Gymnastics
Patrick Piscitelli Oklahoma Gymnastics
Chelsea Garcia Oklahoma State Softball
Mark Nelson Oklahoma State CC / Track & Field
Ashleigh Fontenette Texas Basketball
Austin Dicharry Texas Baseball
Sheri Olivier Texas A&M Tennis
William Barry Texas A&M CC / Track & Field
Holley Gentsch Texas Tech Softball
Scott LeJeune Texas Tech Baseball

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