May 30, 2007
WACO, Texas - Softball's Chelsi Lake and cross country and track and field's Bo Price were named recipients of 2006-07 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the Big 12 Conference announced on Wednesday.
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 177 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 $1,025,600 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.
Lake (Keller, Texas) has continued her assault on the Baylor record books during her senior season. With a home run at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational, Chelsi Lake moved into first place, surpassing former Baylor star Kelly Osburn (2003-06), in the Baylor career home run category. Lake has now hit 44 career home runs as the senior already holds the Baylor single-season home run mark with 18 round-trippers in 2006.
The career milestone is just one of a number of Baylor marks Lake has passed during the 2007 campaign as the senior already holds the Lady Bears career record with 181 RBI. In addition, Lake just surpassed Osburn's career total bases mark of 395 as she now has 412 for her career and recently broke Osburn's career doubles mark of 43 with a double in the victory over Oklahoma State. Finally, Lake owns Baylor's career mark with 10 sacrifice flies during her career.
Price (Atlanta, Texas), who was struck by a car early in the 2006 cross country season, returned to lead Baylor at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships with an 18th-place finish. The senior earned All-Region honors after finishing 15th at the NCAA South Central Regional. He competed in six cross country events, finishing first for Baylor on four occasions.
During the indoor track season, Price earned All-Big 12 honors with an eighth place finish in the men's 3,000 meters. He also earned all-conference accolades as a member of the distance medley relay. Price is a four-time All-Big 12 performer in track and field, and was a 2005 Big 12 Indoor Champion in the distance medley relay.
Lake and the Baylor softball team is back in action this weekend at the Softball College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. The track and field team concludes its season next week at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.