A pair of Mountaineer seniors will receive postgraduate scholarships from the Big 12 Conference.
West Virginia gymnast Abby Kaufman and rifle team member David Koenders were among 20 Big 12 student-athletes selected to receive 2019-20 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships.
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 461 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 $3.5 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 have been at $10,000 since 2013-14.
Criteria for the awards includes a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.200 on a 4.000 scale, participation in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at the nominee’s respective institution. The student-athletes must graduate from their respective member institutions and enroll in graduate or professional school of their choice within 15 months of their selection of the postgraduate scholarship. Three faculty athletic representatives, one director of athletics, one senior woman administrator, one head athletics trainer and the chair and vice-chair of the Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee form the selection panel for the awards.
2019-20 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Baylor – Grace Thiel, Equestrian
Baylor – Andy Thomas, Baseball
Iowa State – Emma Ruehle, Swimming & Diving
Iowa State – Hank Swalla, Wrestling
Kansas – Xinyun Yu, Golf
Kansas – Benjamin Sems, Baseball
Kansas State – Katie Cramer, Soccer
Kansas State – Ethan Powell, Track & Field
Oklahoma – Andrea Batchev, Rowing
Oklahoma – Connor McGinnis, Football
Oklahoma State – Mackenzie Thomas, Softball
Oklahoma State – Trey Reeves, Basketball
TCU – Laska Anderson, Equestrian
TCU – Radu Duican, Swimming & Diving
Texas – Alison Gibson, Swimming & Diving
Texas – John Burt, Football & Track
Texas Tech – Reagan Collins, Tennis
Texas Tech – Kyle Hogan, Golf
West Virginia – Abigail Kaufman, Gymnastics
West Virginia – David Koenders, Rifle