Welch, Schibler Receive Gautt Scholarship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

OU's All-Time Recipients of the
Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship
2018-19 Brian Schibler (men's gymnastics)
Paige Welch (soccer)
2017-18 Lily Miyazaki (women's tennis)
Griffin Pierce (men's golf)
2016-17 Allan Bower (men's gymnastics)
Chayse Capps (women's gymnastics)
2015-16 Marissa Beene (rowing)
Ty Darlington (football)
2014-15 Alec Robin (gymnastics)
Jessica Vest (softball)
2013-14 Kendric Maple (wrestling)
Lara Albright (gymnastics)
2012-13 William Kogel (cross country/track & field)
Nicole Furmanek (rowing)
2011-12 Patrick Piscitelli (gymnastics)
Megan Ferguson (gymnastics)
2010-11 Brian Lepak (football)
Ellen Mueller (golf)
2009-10 Kyle Terry (wrestling)
Amy Backel (track & field)
2008-09 Jacob Massina (gymnastics)
Haley De Prospero (gymnastics)
2007-08 Josh Weitzel (wrestling)
Christina Baxley (tennis)
2006-07 Carl Pendleton II (football)
Brittney Koncak-Schumann (gymnastics)
2005-06 Thomas Garrison (tennis)
Amparo Gala Marco (golf)
2004-05 Joshua Gore (gymnastics)
Emily Milberger (golf)
2003-04 Renaldo Works (football)
Caton Hill (basketball)
2002-03 Chris Mitchell (tennis)
Stephanie Simon (basketball)
2001-02 Betsy Berry (golf)
2000-01 Stephanie Webb (cross country/track & field)
1999-00 Virginia Russell (gymnastics)
1997-98 Roxanne Long (basketball)
1996-97 Jenny Bramer (basketball, track & field)

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma men’s gymnast Brian Schibler and women’s soccer player Paige Welch are among the 20 student-athletes from Big 12 Conference schools who were named recipients of the 2018-19 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, the league office announced Tuesday. The amount of each scholarship is $10,000. Welch is the first OU soccer player to earn the award, while Schibler is the sixth OU men’s gymnast.

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. Gautt, who earned his undergraduate degree from OU in 1960, broke new ground in 1956 as the first African-American football student-athlete on scholarship at the university under hall-of-fame head coach Bud Wilkinson.

A two-time All-Big Eight Conference football selection and CoSIDA Academic All-American, Gautt played professionally for the Cleveland Browns in 1960 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1961-67.

The list of all-time recipients of the scholarship has grown to 441 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 more than $3.3 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, moved to $9,000 in 2011-12 and to $10,000 in 2013-14.

Schibler was a pommel horse specialist for the Sooners, competing in 25 meets over his career and posting a career-high 14.150 on the apparatus. He was an All-American on pommel horse in 2019 and was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation runner-up at the conference championships.

The Chesterfield, Mo., native excelled in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA in chemical biosciences and Spanish. In 2018 he earned CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District and Second-Team All-America honors. As a senior, he was a 2019 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team selection and a CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large selection.

Welch shined in the classroom, boasting a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering. In 2018, she became the first Sooner in program history to earn Academic All-America honors as she was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team.

She appeared in 19 matches in her final season, tallying one goal and an assist. For her career, Welch started 78 games, including all 23 games her sophomore season and all 19 as a senior. She had four goals in her time as a Sooner, three of them game-winners.

Welch compiled an extensive list of academic honors throughout her four years. She was named to the Academic All-District 7 First Team in 2018 and was the 2017 Big 12 Fall Scholar Athlete of the Year. She garnered Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors the last three seasons and Academic All-Big 12 Rookie accolades in 2015-16.

Criteria for the Gautt Scholarship include a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 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.