Jan. 27, 2018 — Thanks to a matching grant from the Milwaukee Press Club and to the generosity of many donors late last year, the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship has surpassed $70,000 in its endowment.

David Niles of PKI Digital Marketing, treasurer of the Milwaukee Press Club Endowment where the scholarship is housed, reports a surge in donations in late 2017 and a matching Press Club grant pushed the Walker fund total to $72,195.

“I am so very grateful to everyone who recently donated to the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund. You are the best,” Sue Walker, Don’s wife, said in a statement shortly after the new total was announced.

“Your generous donation was matched and will truly benefit many deserving students.,” she said. “Thanks from the bottom of my heart.”

The scholarship awards $2,000 annually to a student studying journalism at either Marquette University or the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The first scholarship winner, Jakayla Phillips, graduated in May 2017 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. The second recipient, Sophie Bolich, is a sophomore a Marquette University and is studying journalism. UW-Milwaukee officials soon will begin the search for the third scholarship recipient.



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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.