CMU accepting applications for Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship
High school students with a knack for journalism have the opportunity to use their skills to help fund their college education thanks to a Central Michigan University scholarship totaling nearly $80,000. Applications are being accepted for CMU's 2009 Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship, which provides four years of full tuition, as well as supplementary awards to cover room and board expenses.
Named for 1960 CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker, who worked for all three major television networks and earned two Emmy awards, the scholarship is awarded to a high school journalist who demonstrates leadership, journalistic skills and a commitment to promoting minority excellence in the media.
"At a time when being able to afford a college education is becoming more and more of a luxury for the average family, the Lem Tucker scholarship truly is a blessing," said 2005 recipient Kameel Stanley, who interned with The Washington Post in summer 2008. "It's been a springboard for my career in journalism while simultaneously lifting a huge financial burden off my shoulders. I would encourage any student who has an interest in journalism to apply for this scholarship."
Applicants for the 13th annual scholarship must complete an official application; write an essay and cover letter; and provide a letter of reference, samples of journalistic work, and academic transcripts and college-entrance test scores. Scholarship applicants must apply for admission to CMU at apply.cmich.edu before applying for the scholarship. Complete instructions and the scholarship application are online at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker/scholarship.html.
Application materials are due Nov. 30. Preference is given to Michigan residents.
The Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship recipient will be honored during a May 14, 2009, gala event at The Atheneum Hotel in Detroit. Past keynote speakers for the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Media Leadership Speaker Series event have included Ed Bradley, Robin Roberts, James Earl Jones and Soledad O'Brien.
For more information regarding the scholarship or the event, call CMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts at 989-774-1885 or visit www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker.
ESPN 100.9 hosting Huge RivalryFest 2008 in Midland
The state's biggest college football rivalry will be celebrated this Saturday at Dow Diamond in Midland. Fans of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are encouraged to come out to Dow Diamond for the Huge RivalryFest 2008, presented by ESPN 100.9-FM, The Huge Show, and The Dow Chemical Company. As the Spartans battle the Wolverines, the game will be shown on the stadium's video board beyond the right field wall, and on numerous flat-screen monitors throughout the venue.
The Huge RivalryFest will feature a series of tailgate-style games, such as Ladder Ball, and in-game promotions and events. The Midland Community Center will provide inflatable games for kids, in addition to Dow Diamond's Lou E's Lookout kids area, presented by MidMichigan Health. Great Lakes Loons mascot Lou E. Loon will also make an appearance at the ballpark.
The stadium's concession stands will be open, including several beer carts. The Huge RivalryFest 2008 will be held at Dow Diamond rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. With kickoff scheduled for 3:30pm, gates at Dow Diamond will open at 2:30pm.
Bill Simonson, host of the Huge Show, will serve as a host for the event. Beginning at 2pm, he will host a special 30-minute edition of The Huge Show live from Dow Diamond on ESPN 100.9-FM. Following the special Huge Show broadcast, the station will carry the Michigan State network pregame show, followed by the game's play-by-play. Simonson will also host live pregame and halftime shows on the stadium's huge video board.
Dow Diamond is a 5,200-seat venue that serves as the home ballpark for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team (Single-A, Midwest League) and as a special events facility. The facility opened in April 2007 and served as the host site for the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game.