Dec. 19, 2020 — In just five years, the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship fund has grown from $25,000 to $97,000.

The fund is housed within the Milwaukee Press Club Endowment and produces more than $3,000 annually in interest used to fund the scholarship award and sustain it for many generations to come.

This fall, the scholarship committee announced an increase to the annual award amount and now provides $3,000 per academic year to a student studying journalism at either the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee or Marquette University. That amount is expected to rise again once the fund reaches $100,000.

Jena Kleindl, 20, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was the fifth scholarship recipient and the first to receive the $3,000 award.

The additional support was noted by Scott Gronert, who serves as dean of UW-Milwaukee’s College of Letters & Science.

“Your additional gift to the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund allows the College to support Jena Kleindl as she works toward her degree in Journalism,” he wrote in a recent letter. “As Dean of the College, I am especially grateful for this transformative impact your contribution has on our faculty, staff and students.”

Read more about Kleindl and past scholarship winners here.

This scholarship honors the legacy of Donald L. Walker, an alumnus of Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was an editor and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a founding member of the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild.

Over nearly four decades, Walker covered the issues and events of Milwaukee and beyond with integrity, fairness, wit and compassion. He was a consummate professional who balanced his life with his family, friends, sports, literature and music.

The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship provides to $3,000 annually to a student studying journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee or Marquette University. The award alternates schools.

Don Walker

The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship is administered through the MPC Endowment, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Milwaukee Press Club. The scholarship greatly appreciates the support of its leadership sponsors, including the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and the Milwaukee Press Club.

To donate, checks can be made out to MPC Endowment Ltd. Please write “Don Walker Scholarship” in the memo field. Checks can be mailed to: MPC Endowment Ltd., 1505 N. 119th St. Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

Online donations are accepted through the MPC Endowment PayPal account. Visit the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship Facebook page for more updates.

No formal fundraising event for the scholarship fund is currently scheduled, but individual donations continue to be made. You can find tips here on how to organize your own event to raise money for the scholarship fund.

You can also share your memories of Don here.