Montgomery, Chapman Awared Scholarships

AMES, Iowa -- Former Iowa State offensive lineman Bob Montgomery and ISU soccer standout Elizabeth Chapman have been awarded Big 12 Conference post graduate scholarships, recognizing their academic and athletic accomplishments during their collegiate careers. The duo are among 24 Big 12 student-athletes who earned money for post graduate study. The awards are part of the Big 12's Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship program.

Montgomery, a Lincoln, Neb., native, was a starting offensive guard on the Cyclones' football squad with three consecutive seasons of academic all-Big 12 honors in 2001-03. He was a five-time ISU Scholar-Athlete and 2002 CoSIDA second team Academic All-District VIII. On the field he was second team all-Big 12 offensive lineman in 2002 and an honorable mention all-conference pick in 2003as an exercise and sport science major. He earned his bachelor's degree in May.

Chapman, a goalie who is from Brentwood, Tenn., was an animal science (pre-veterinary medicine) major and earned three-time academic all-Big 12 laurels. She was on the Dean's List at ISU and an ISU Scholar-Athlete List a total of 10 times. She had the top grade point average for the 2003 Cyclone soccer squad and ended as the school's career leader in minutes in goal (4,896) and shutouts (10). She earned her bachelor's degree with distinction in May.

The all-time group of post graduate scholars has solid representation of student-athletes throughout the 21 sponsored Big 12 sports and has provided nearly $500,000 through the 2003-04 academic year for much-needed financial aid. Three faculty representatives, one senior woman administrator and one director of athletics form the selection group for the prestigious awards, which help the student-athletes to continue their formal education. Since its inception, the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship program has produced over a dozen physicians, several attorneys for the underprivileged, college professors, Peace Corps volunteers, financial planners and numerous coaches and athletics administrators.

Criteria for these awards include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.500 on a 4.0 scale, participation in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at the scholar-athlete's respective institution and completion of athletics' eligibility. The scholar-athletes also must graduate from their respective member institutions within 15 months of their selection as postgraduate scholarship recipients and are expected to enroll in graduate/professional schools within two years after they graduate.

The $2,500 individual annual grants began in 1996-97, were raised to $5,000 in 1999 and climbed to $6,900 after the 2003-04 term. All 24 honorees for 2003-04 were named to Academic All-Big 12 Conference teams as well as the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

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