Meghan Rock is the fourth recipient of the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship.
The 21-year-old senior at Marquette University is majoring in journalism and minoring in digital media. Rock, the youngest of three siblings, graduated from West Chester Bayard Rustin High School, in West Chester, Penn., in 2016.
In her free time, Rock enjoys attending as many Marquette sporting events as possible, hanging out with friends and rollerblading at the lake.
Scholarship committee member Mike Juley interviewed Rock over email. Excerpts of their exchange are below.
Her passion for journalism began at age 8:
“Instead of coming home and watching cartoons like every other kid my age, I turned on the four o’clock news and watched it on repeat until the entertainment program started at seven o’clock,” she wrote. “…From a young age there was a spark that drew me to journalism and storytelling.”
By high school, she was getting broadcast experience:
“I was an anchor on the school’s morning newscast. Additionally, throughout my high school career, I took various photography classes and senior year I took a video production course.”
How did she decide to choose Marquette?
“They say you’ll have a feeling when a college is right for you. Let’s just say from the moment the rubber on wheels of the American Airlines jet hit the runway at Mitchell International Airport, I had a different feeling.
That feeling was still present 30 minutes later when I slid the door of the taxi open in front of Zilber Hall and stepped onto Wisconsin Avenue. …From the moment I landed in Milwaukee, Marquette felt like home. …I knew Marquette was a place where I could be myself and continue to learn and grow in a field that I am so passionate about.”
Rock and her MU colleagues were honored with an award from the Midwest Broadcasters Association for the on-air call of the Marquette women’s basketball game against Michigan.
Her most recent accomplishment was interning for FOX Sports in Los Angeles as a production intern for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“It was an experience of a lifetime,” she wrote of her internship. “I learned so much from the incredible team I had the privilege of working with. Through my experience I was able to truly grasp how an international sports broadcast is executed from various facets of the production.”