The scholarships are named in honor of the late Dr. Prentice Gautt, a former OU student-athlete, Big 12 Conference staff member and student services' pioneer who passed away in March 2005. The list of all-time recipients has grown to 313 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 nearly $2.2 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 and moved to $9,000 in 2011-12.
Criteria for the awards 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.
Kogel graduated from OU in May with a bachelor of science in multidisciplinary studies and a GPA of 3.47. He has enrolled in the master's of science in biomedical sciences program at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He will begin his program in August.
An All-American in cross country for the Sooners, he was the Big 12's Male Cross Country Newcomer of the year in 2010. Kogel, of Sioux Falls, S.D., holds the school record in the 10,000 and was an eight-time All-Big 12 honoree in indoor and outdoor track and field. He is a four-time United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Scholar Athlete in cross country and in track and field. He earned academic All-Big 12 honors three times in cross country and in track and field.
Kogel received the OU Athletics Council Service Award in 2012 and 2013. In addition, he was named to the President's Honor Rolll (4.00 GPA) twice and the Dean's Honor Roll (3.50-3.99 GPA) four times.
Furmanek, a member of the Sooner rowing team, is currently in Indianapolis with her teammates, competing in OU's first trip to the NCAA Championships in just the fifth year of the program. She graduated in December with a degree in elementary education and finished with a 3.93 GPA. She began graduate school in January and is pursuing a master's of education with an emphasis in adult and higher education. Earlier this year, she was named one of 25 recipients of the NCAA's Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
The Belleville, Ill., native is a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American Scholar and has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is the 2013 Big 12 Rower of the Year after leading the Sooners to their first Big 12 team title and recently repeated as Conference USA Rower of the Year after leading OU to the C-USA team title, a win that sent OU to the NCAA Championships. She has been recognized by both conferences as an all-league performer multiple times and in 2012 received the Big 12's Gerald Lage Award, the highest academic honor given by the conference. She also received the 2013 Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award from OU as well as the Athletics Director's Leadership Award in 2012 and 2013. She was the female winner of the 2013 Big 12 Conference Medal, the highest athletic and academic award given to a senior student-athlete.
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