The Big 12 Conference named Cowgirl tennis’ Sofia Blanco and OSU track and field’s Cole Verble as 2018-19 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship recipients on Tuesday afternoon.

Scholarships are named in honor of former Big 12 Conference staff member and student services’ pioneer Prentice Gautt. Since the inception of the league in 1996-97, the list of all-time honorees has grown to 441. Additional funding began in 2002-03 to increase the number of awards per member institution to two.

The award marks one of five this spring for senior Blanco. In April and May the Cordoba, Argentina native was awarded the Oklahoma State award for Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 team with a 4.0 GPA, claimed a spot on CoSIDA’s 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large Team and was honored at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship with the Elite 90 award, which is given to the individual with the highest GPA at each NCAA Championship finals site.

Blanco wrapped up her Cowgirl career in Orlando, Fla., last month alongside doubles partner Catherine Gulihur, advancing to the round of 32.

Verble earned OSU’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award back in April and was one of six Cowboys named to the conference’s first-team for academics. Additionally, the senior scored in the Big 12 indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon this season.

Criteria for the Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship includes a cumulative grade point average 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.

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