Bartz and Chodkiewicz earn Big 12 Conference postgraduate scholarships
University of Texas rower Danielle Bartz and tennis player Hubert Chodkiewicz were selected as recipients of the Big 12 Conference's Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2007-08 season by the league office.
Bartz and Chodkiewicz completed their collegiate eligibility in their respective sports this spring. Bartz (Woodville, Texas), helped the Texas Rowing team to a stellar season in 2008, knocking off nationally ranked Wisconsin and beating 2007 NCAA qualifier Central Florida. The Longhorns concluded their season with a fifth-place finish in the south region and a 12th-place finish overall at the 2008 Aramark South/Central Region sprints.
The government and Spanish honors major graduated with a 3.7 GPA and was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 honoree. Bartz also received the Rotary National Scholarship in 2007, valued at $27,000 for future study in a Spanish-speaking country. In addition to her double major, Bartz finished her degree with a minor in French and is fluent in three languages.
Chodkiewicz (Corpus Christi, Texas), a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection, posted an 18-6 singles record and a 17-6 overall doubles mark last season in helping Texas reach the finals of the NCAA Championship match. Chodkiewicz finished his UT career with a 68-38 overall singles record and an 86-31 overall doubles mark.
A economics major who has navigated through a rigorous pre-medicine curriculum, Chodkiewicz will enroll in medical school at The University of Texas in Houston 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 201 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 $1,205,600 for postgraduate education. The individual grants began at $2,500 in 1996-97, were raised to $5,000 in 1999, increased to $6,900 for 2004-05 and climbed to $7,500 in 2006-07.
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.