Green Forest’s Rivera receives Jim Elder Scholarship
Magali Rivera of Green Forest, a junior at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, has been awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the Jim Elder Good Sport Fund.
Rivera is a double major at Arkansas Tech. She is pursuing a degree in journalism under the public relations emphasis as well as a degree in communication.
“Being the recipient of this scholarship is an enormous accomplishment,” said Rivera, who attended North Arkansas College in Harrison before transferring to Arkansas Tech. “It has given me not only a financial advantage in my education, but also pride in myself and in my ability to achieve anything I set my mind to. Simply being a finalist was a big accomplishment for me. I could not believe that I was a recipient. I know that this accomplishment has made my friends and family incredibly proud. I hope to be able to represent Jim Elder’s name well. I am incredibly grateful to be the recipient of such an honorable scholarship.”
Elder was the play-by-play radio voice of the Arkansas Travelers professional baseball team from 1960 to 1993. He was also sports director for radio station KARN in Little Rock from 1965 to 1998.
An 11-time Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year award recipient, Elder died in 1998 at the age of 73. He was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.