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OU football's Connor McGinnis, rower Andrea Batchev receive Big 12's Gautt postgraduate scholarship

Former University of Oklahoma rower Andrea Batchev and football player Connor McGinnis are among the 20 student-athletes from Big 12 Conference schools who were named recipients of the 2019-20 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, the league office announced Monday. 

The amount of each scholarship is $10,000. Batchev is the third OU rower to earn the award, while McGinnis is the fifth OU football player.

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.

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Quarterback Connor McGinnis (3) gives autographs during the University of Oklahoma's Football Media Day at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Sunday, July 22, 2018. Photo by Anya Magnuson/The Oklahoman

Quarterback Connor McGinnis (3) gives autographs during the University of Oklahoma's Football Media Day at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Sunday, July 22, 2018. Photo by Anya Magnuson/The Oklahoman

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