Three Former Swimmers Receive Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship

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West Virginia’s Emma Skelley, Texas’ Imri Ganiel and Iowa State’s Brooke Evensen are among 20 twenty Big 12 student-athletes that have been selected to receive 2016-17 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 401 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 $2.9 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.

Ganiel plans to attend The University of Texas for graduate school and pursue a Master of Science in Finance starting in Fall 2017. He will complete his bachelor of science and arts degree in Biochemistry with a Business Foundations Certificate this summer. I’ve also been told that Ganiel looks like me, but you can be the judge of that.

Evensen, who hails from Golden Valley, Minn., is a three-time academic All-Big 12 selection and was a team captain as a senior in 2016-17. Evenson will enroll at Saint Louis University’s occupational therapy graduate program in the Fall of 2017.

Skelley hails from Manassas, Virginia, and will complete her master’s in public policy at American University.

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  1. Valerio Jose Jose

    É gratificante. Que façam bem o proveito….bons estudos

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Andy Ross is the new man on board at Swimming World. He is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude.

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