June 3, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Big 12 Conference announced the recipients of the 2013-14 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships on Tuesday morning, with 20 Big 12 student-athletes receiving the honor. K-State's 2013-14 honorees were Petra Niedermayerova of the women's tennis team and Jared Moore of the baseball team.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic, Niedermayerova is an economics major who boasts a stellar cumulative GPA of 3.97. She will graduate this weekend and plans to pursue a Ph. D. in economics at Boston University beginning in the fall.
Earlier this season, Niedermayerova secured her third straight Capital One/College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VII At-Large selection and her third Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. In 2013, she was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team selection. She is also a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete.
Within the economics department, Niedermayerova was a highly decorated student as she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May. In her final semester, she was the co-author of a paper based off her 2013 summer internship with the Heritage Foundation. Her paper was accepted at the Dallas Economics Scholars Program, which is a very competitive process with only a third of the papers submitted for review being accepted. She also earned the Duane L. and Leslee K. Cantrell Scholarship in 2013, based on outstanding academic performance & service to the economics department at K-State.
On the court, Niedermayerova finished her K-State career as the first player in program history to play in four straight NCAA Division I Singles Championships. She tallied an overall singles record of 105-43 (.709) which is the school record for career singles victories and marks the first time a K-State player surpassed the 100-win threshold in their career. Her .709 winning percentage ranks second in school history. She also owns the school records for doubles wins in a career (74), singles wins in a season (32) and doubles wins in a season (27).
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Moore served as a reliever and starting pitcher in his four-year career at K-State, making 78 appearances, including 17 starts, and going 12-7 with a 4.37 ERA and 127 strikeouts. The left-hander's 78 games pitched and 61 career relief appearances are the fifth and sixth most, respectively, in Wildcat history. Since his freshman season in 2011, the Boulder High School product helped the Wildcats reach three NCAA Regionals, including a run in 2013 where K-State not only reached the Regional round but also the Super Regionals for the first time ever after also winning the program's first conference title in 80 years.
Moore, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, graduated in May of 2014 with a degree in marketing. He has been accepted into the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, where he will pursue a Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation studies.
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 348 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 $2.3 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 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.
K-State had another outstanding academic year in 2013-14. The Wildcats saw 78 student-athletes graduate in the 2013-14 academic year, while a total of eight student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners, which were the second most among all Big 12 schools, while 260 were named to the Fall 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, the most since 2008. K-State has also seen 101 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year.