June 1, 2018 — The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship Committee, pictured below, has been meeting since July 2015 to develop the scholarship, which now awards $2,000 each school year. 

The scholarship is awarded to a student studying journalism at either Marquette University, where Don Walker earned his undergraduate degree, or the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received his master’s degree.

UWM is in the process of choosing the third scholarship recipient.

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Members of the Don Walker Scholarship committee were joined by Sue Walker, second from left, at a meeting in spring 2018.

Scholarship committee members include Jan Uebelherr, Joel Dresang, Jim Nelson, Ashley Luthern, David Niles and Michael Juley. Sue Walker and sister Maggie join the committee in thanking everyone who has donated.

This summer, the committee will announce the third scholarship winner, check in with the previous scholarship recipients and provide an update on the fund’s total.


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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 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.