Two incoming freshman have been awarded four-year, full-ride scholarships to study journalism at Central Michigan University. Jordyn Hermani of Troy and Alexis Carter of Grand Haven will attend CMU in the fall as recipients of the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship.
The Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship is awarded annually to two high school seniors who promote the participation and success of minorities in journalism. The scholarship is named after CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker who worked for three major television networks and earned two Emmy awards before his death in 1991.
“Such an award is important to me because I feel as though I have been given the opportunity to carry on Lem Tucker's legacy,” Hermani said. “If I could accomplish even one half of what Mr. Tucker accomplished in his lifetime, drawing attention to the social injustices that plague not only the realm of journalism but the rest of society, then I would count myself as more than fortunate.”
Hermani is a feature writer for her school’s student newspaper and is active in the Athens Theater Company, National Honor Society, marching band and art club. She also has shadowed and worked with Detroit Free Press reporters.
“I’m hoping the Lem Tucker Scholarship is going to help me continue my passion for storytelling,” Carter said. “With the opportunities I'm given as a journalist, I want to be able speak for those who may not always have a voice, and I feel like this scholarship can really help me with that.”
Carter has served as managing editor of her school’s student newspaper and attended the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association camp. She also is active in cross country, track and the Catalina Club.
To date, 23 students have received the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship since its inception in 1997.