VOL. 115 | NO. 219 | Friday, December 21, 2001
By JENNIFER MURLEY
Scholarship winner sports high hopes
By JENNIFER MURLEY
The Daily News
A University of Memphis junior with dreams of being one of the citys next television sportscasters is the recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year.
Jacqueline Rucker, a broadcast journalism major at the U of M, first heard she had won the $2,000 award at a journalism department banquet earlier this year.
"I was shocked. I was in awe, just so glad that I had received it because it was really a blessing," Rucker said. "My father died when I was 7 so its just my mother and I, so to receive (the scholarship), it really was a great help."
Rucker, 20, is originally from Brownsville, Tenn., which is where she developed a love for sports.
"In my hometown, we have really a lot of school spirit, so sports has always been a really important part of my life because we really support our football team, basketball team and all of our sports here," she said.
As for writing, she said it just came naturally.
"Ive always liked to write. Ive always been good at it," Rucker said. "I also like to talk a lot, so I just combined the two and it came out to be broadcast journalism."
In addition to being a full-time student, Rucker also works on campus, in the U of M journalism department, assisting the schools college and media advisers.
In fact, this fall she made her debut appearance in front of the camera as part of her journalism coursework, and considering it was her first time, she said, "I did pretty good, I feel pretty comfortable in front of it."
Upon graduation in the spring 2003, she plans to stay in Memphis and work for a local television station. But, her dreams dont end with local broadcasters. Ultimately, she wants to anchor the desk for ESPN.
Established in 1998, the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship awards an annual $2,000 scholarship to minority students studying journalism.