Twenty Big 12 student-athletes have been selected to receive 2016-17 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 401 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 $2.9 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.
2016-17 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Baylor: Lindsay Burns (soccer) and Richard Cunningham (baseball)
Iowa State: Brooke Evensen (swimming/diving) and Brian Seda (football)
Kansas: Tayler Soucie (volleyball) and Chris Melgares (track & field)
Kansas State: Tia Gamble (track & field) and Jacob "Jake" Wodtke (baseball)
Oklahoma: Chayse Capps (gymnastics) and Allan Bower (gymnastics)
Oklahoma State: Ashton Hierholzer (soccer) and Jordan Rogers (wrestling)
TCU: Kelly McGovern (golf) and Raymond E. Bozmans (track & field)
Texas: Kelli Hanzel (softball) and Imri Ganiel (swimming & diving)
Texas Tech: Katherine "Reece" Timmons (track & field) and Cameron Batson (football)
West Virginia: Emma Skelley (swimming & diving) and Trevor Moon (soccer)