Big 12 Announces KU Duo as Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
June 1, 2011
IRVING, Texas –
The Big 12 Conference officially announced Wednesday that Kansas graduates Jareb Stallbaumer and Nicole Schneider were recipients of the prestigious Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, which is a grant presented to former student-athletes who plan on perusing a graduate degree.
Stallbaumer, a horizontal jumper on the track and field team and Schneider, a varsity member of the rowing team from 2007-10, formally received the scholarships at the Kansas Athletics Senior Scholar Banquet on May 2nd in Allen Fieldhouse. Saundra Guatt, widow of the late Dr. Prentice Gautt for whom the scholarship is named, presented the two with the scholarships in front of family, friends and teammates.
Twenty-four Big 12 student-athletes were selected to receive the scholarships, one male and one female athlete from each of the member schools. 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.
To date, the Big 12 has provided $1,835,600 for postgraduate education. The individual grants began at $2,500 in 1996-97, were raised to $5,000 in 1999, increased to $6,900 for 2004-05 and climbed to $7,500 in 2006-07.
Criteria for the awards includes a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 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.