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

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Elena Nunez, a Southeast freshman and graduate of Kirkwood High School, is the 2015 recipient of the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 16, 2015 – 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 30 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 2016 semester.

Southeast 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 the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis over the years in sponsoring the annual KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement Awards Program in St. Louis.

“Jack Buck was extraordinarily interested in recognizing the stellar achievements of young people in the St. Louis area, so much so that he regularly served as the master of ceremonies at this event,” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students at Southeast. “His commitment to excellence and to humanity touched so many. He will be forever missed.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to continue this partnership with KMOX Radio in recognizing the successes of a St. Louis area student with this scholarship,” Below continued.

Carole Buck, widow of Jack Buck, approved a proposal to establish the Jack Buck Scholar Leadership Award.

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. 1.

A presentation to honor the award recipient and finalists will be held next spring.

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, is widely remembered as the Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, the team for which 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.

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 was 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.