June 9, 2010
IRVING, Texas -
Twenty-four Big 12 student-athletes, including Baylor soccer player Gianna Quintana and tennis' Dominik Mueller, were selected to receive 2009-10 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 249 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 $1,655,600 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 3.500 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.
Quintana, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., is a two-time, first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection (2008, 2009). She started all 19 games for the Bears in her senior season, helping lead her team to its first Big 12 Tournament berth since 2006. Quintana amassed four shutouts and took part in seven total, while posting a 0.93 goals against average, the best since 1998. She is third on the all-time saves list with 141 and holds the Baylor record for lowest goals against average with 0.93. Quintana, a health science major, made 39 starts in her career and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3, 2008.
Mueller, a finance major from Frankfurt, Germany, played at No. 4 and 5 singles for the seventh-ranked Baylor squad. In the 2009-10 season, he posted a 26-6 singles record including a 23-4 mark in dual match competition. Mueller ranks No. 3 all-time on Baylor's career singles list with 120 victories, is No. 6 (.774) all-time on BU's career singles winning percentage list and ranks No. 1 on BU's dual match singles career list with 96 wins. He recently earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second-team honors, has earned Dean's List recognition every semester, is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester.
Former Baylor Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients:
2008-09 - Lyndsy Bedell (CC/Track & Field); Zach Dillon (Baseball)
2007-08 - Kristen Schramek (Volleyball); Tim Jackson (Baseball)
2006-07 - Chelsi Lake (Softball); Irwin Price (CC)
2005-06 - Sarah Hausner (Softball); Phil Tran (Football)
2004-05 - Lori Viggiano (Soccer); Stephen Sepulveda (Football)
2003-04 - Megan McCoin (CC/Track & Field); John Martin (Football)
2002-03 - Whitney Barrett (Soccer); Ross Bennett (Baseball)
2001-02 - Lanie Millar (CC/Track & Field); Tim Hartshorn (Baseball)
2000-01 - Kerry O'Bric (Track & Field); Mark Williams (Tennis)
1997-98 - Douglas Maziur (Track & Field)