Haagsma, Powell Earn Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships|
Hayley Haagsma and Taylor Powell were honored by the Big 12 with Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships.
June 3, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Big 12 Conference announced today two of Texas Tech's top student-athletes have been named recipients of Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships.
Senior Red Raider soccer player Hayley Haagsma and senior softball player Taylor Powell were selected among 20 student-athletes from across the conference - two per institution - as recipients of the prestigious scholarship awards.
The scholarships, awarded by the Big 12 office annually, 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.
Haagsma, a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection, earned a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Human Development major while helping guide the Red Raiders to their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. A premier center-back in the Big 12, Haagsma went on to be drafted by Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League. She was part of the 2013 Red Raider senior class that compiled 55 victories over four seasons and was named the Texas Tech Student-Athlete of the Year at the annual TECHSPY awards in May.
Powell, a Henrietta, Texas, native, earned her degree this spring in animal sciences where she compiled a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. A three-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection, Powell was honored this year as Texas Tech's Co-Female Student-Athlete of the Year which is presented annually to the top academic athlete at Tech.
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.