Twenty Big 12 student-athletes have been selected to receive 2017-18 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 421 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 $3.1 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.
2017-18 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Baylor: Precious Akanyirige (Soccer) and Matthew Parham (Track & Field, Cross Country)
Iowa State: Evelyne Guay (Track & Field, Cross Country) and Colin Strickland (Wrestling)
Kansas: Laura Taylor (Track & Field) and Nick Giusti (Track & Field)
Kansas State: Kaylee Page (Basketball) and Brogan Barry (Football)
Oklahoma: Yuriko "Lily" Miyazaki (Tennis) and Griffin Pierce (Golf)
Oklahoma State: Stephanie Ferrante (Track & Field) and Britton Abbott (Football)
TCU: Ariana Grabowski (Rifle) and Pakamiaiaea Davis (Football)
Texas: Shannon Barry (Rowing) and Parker Joe Robinson (Baseball)
Texas Tech: Hattie Schunk (Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country) and Hiawatha "Trey" Culver III (Track & Field)
West Virginia: Elizabeth Gratz (Rifle) and James Koval (Swimming)