Southeast Announces Call for Entries for KMOX Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award

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Southeast Missouri State University will again team up with KMOX Radio this year in presenting the KMOX Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 5, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University will again team up with KMOX Radio this year in presenting the KMOX Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award at Southeast Missouri State University.

The award, which was launched in 2003 and was the first scholarship to be established in memory of Buck, recognizes a student in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area who has demonstrated the potential for academic achievement, leadership and a commitment to their community. The award covers incidental fees (tuition) and general fees for the equivalent of up to 32 credit hours per academic year at Southeast Missouri State University and residence hall fees for fall and spring semesters in a standard, double-occupancy room. The award also provides a 15-meal per week board plan.

The scholarship will be awarded next spring to a student planning to enter Southeast Missouri State for the fall 2008 semester.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast, said the University is pleased to continue its partnership with KMOX Radio to offer this award.  The award is the result of Southeast’s successful relationship with the radio station, and KETC Channel 9 over the years in sponsoring the annual Student of Achievement Awards Luncheon in St. Louis.

“Jack always served as the master of ceremonies at this event because of his sincere interest in recognizing the significant accomplishments of young people in the St. Louis area who have excelled not only in their academic endeavors but in leadership and extra-curricular activities and in their service to the community,” Dobbins said. “He was a strong supporter of Southeast and a consummate professional who is sorely missed not only in the broadcast booth but by every resident in the metropolitan area and across the country who was touched by his commitment to excellence and to humanity.

 “We are thrilled to continue this partnership with KMOX Radio to offer this scholarship to an outstanding St. Louis area student,” Dobbins said, adding he also would like to thank the Suntrop Automotive Family for serving as a sponsor of the program.

Carole Buck, widow of Jack Buck, approved a proposal to establish the Jack Buck Scholar Leadership Award. Jay Hubert of Smithton, Ill., and a graduate of Freeburg Community High School was the first recipient of the honor in 2003. Amanda Bell of Washington, Mo., and a graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School received the award in 2004. Daniel Rettke of Washington, Mo., and a graduate of Union High School received the award in 2005. Ashley Pate of Dardenne, Mo., and a graduate of Fort Zumwalt West High School, received the award in 2006. Bryan Kujawa of Fenton, Mo., and a graduate of St. Louis University High received the award this year.

To be eligible for the award, students must reside in the St. Louis Metro Area, including St. Louis County and City, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County or the Metro East area in Illinois.

The award is renewable each year up to four consecutive years if the recipient maintains a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in courses taken at Southeast; completes a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year, which may include the summer session, at Southeast; and demonstrates active participation in one or more student organizations.

KMOX Radio will conduct a “call for entries” for qualified candidates to submit their nomination for consideration. 

Applications will be available at each high school guidance office. In turn, high school counselors at each high school in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area will be invited to submit one application, with two letters of recommendation, for consideration for the award to the University. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15.

A presentation to honor the award recipient and finalists will be held at a Southeast alumni event, “Southeast Salutes,” in April 2008 in St. Louis.

Buck, Hall of Fame broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals who was employed by KMOX Radio for more than 40 years, passed away in 2002. Buck, who broadcast almost every professional sport at one time or another in his career, will be widely remembered as the Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, the team for whom he broadcast games from 1954-2001, and as one of sports’ greatest announcers. He also was considered one of St. Louis’ greatest citizens, donating his time and helping to raise money for countless charities.

Buck’s signature call — “That’s a winner!” — after the final out of each Cardinals victory is remembered fondly by countless Cardinals fans. He had several unforgettable calls for the Cardinals, including Lou Brock’s 3,000th hit and record-breaking 938th steal, Bob Gibson’s no-hitter and Mark McGwire’s 61st home run. Perhaps his most famous call for the Cardinals was of Ozzie Smith’s game-winning home run against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS. “Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!” he shouted. Another famous call came on CBS Radio during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series when a hobbled Kirk Gibson hit an improbable walk-off homer for the Dodgers off Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley.

“Unbelievable!” Buck shouted as Gibson’s homer cleared the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium. “The Dodgers have won the game on a home run by Kirk Gibson. I don’t believe what I just saw!”

In 1987, Buck received the Ford C. Frick Award and became the 11th person enshrined in the broadcaster’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Buck, who has been inducted into seven Hall of Fames and received numerous awards, said his induction into Cooperstown was the greatest award he ever received.

Buck is in the Radio Hall of Fame and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and he received a lifetime achievement Emmy in 2000. He was selected as St. Louis’ Citizen of the Year in 2000 for his contributions to the community.

Students interested in applying for the KMOX Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award should contact their high school guidance counselor or call the Office of Admissions at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2590.