Collett, Hoffman Receive Graduate Scholarship

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Big 12 Conference announced the recipients of the 2008-09 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships on Tuesday with two representatives from each school getting the award.

Kansas State’s Jason Collett and Heather Hoffman are this year’s honorees for the Wildcats. Collett is double majoring in economics and geography and will graduate in December while Hoffman has earned her bachelor’s degree in communication science and disorders and is currently working on a master’s degree.

Hoffman helped lead the First Varsity 8+ crew on the rowing team to first place at the Big 12 Championship, and Collett currently holds the eighth fastest time in the nation in the 800 meters this season and finished second at the Big 12 Championship.

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 225 since the inception of the league in 1996-97. Starting in 2002-03, additional funding increased scholarship award winners to two per member institution.

Student-athletes much have a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale and participate in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at their respective institution and have completed athletic 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.

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