LeJeune, Gentsch Receive Big 12 Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships
Pair of Red Raiders earn Big 12 Postseason Scholarships Friday.
June 8, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - A pair of Texas Tech Red Raiders are among the 20 Big 12 Conference student-athletes that have selected to receive 2011-12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the league office announced Friday.
LeJeune earned Academic All-Big 12 first team honors this year for the second time in his Red Raider career (2010) while also being named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team. He posted a 4.0 grade point average during the Fall 2011 semester while also earning honor roll recognition during the Spring 2012 semester.
On the field, LeJeune was an All-Big 12 second team selection while batting .296 (66-for-223) with 31 runs, 16 doubles, one home run and 43 RBI in 55 games as the starting first baseman or designated hitter.
LeJeune ranks in numerous Texas Tech all-time career record books, including third in career doubles with 58.
Gentsch, meanwhile, was awarded once again for her work in the classroom as she was previously named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for the third time in her career earlier this year. In addition, she also earned her second-career Capital One Academic All-America selection after being named to the third team following her sixth-straight semester with a 4.0 GPA.
As Tech's primary catcher behind the plate, Gentsch was instrumental in leading the Red Raiders to the postseason for a third-straight year as she posted a .262 batting average (27-for-103) with 10 runs, four doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI in 49 games.
She ended her career among the top players in school history for both RBI and games played as she drove in 75 runners over four seasons while appearing in 202 games behind the plate.
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 293 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 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 3.500 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.