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Barry, Olivier Awarded Postgraduate Scholarships

June 08, 2012
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June 8, 2012

Texas A&M's Barry, Olivier Awarded Big 12 Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships

Texas A&M's Will Barry, a member of the Aggie men's track and field team, and Aggie women's tennis player Sheri Olivier are two of 20 Big 12 student-athletes selected to receive Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the conference office announced today.

Barry, who was presented with the NCAA's Elite 89 award at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships for having the highest academic standard among his or her peers at the championship event, entered the spring semester with a 4.0 grade point average in civil engineering through 143 semester hours. He has been accepted to graduate school in civil engineering at Stanford, Texas A&M and Texas.

A four-year letterwinner from Topeka, Kan., Olivier was a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Team. She is majoring in human resource development with a minor in business and is slated to graduate in August.

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.

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.

For the complete list of recipients, go to

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