Sept. 27, 2020 — The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship is pleased to announce an increase to the annual award amount.

Thanks to our generous donors, the scholarship will now provide $3,000 per academic year to a student studying journalism at either the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee or Marquette University.

The increase took effect this year for the scholarship’s fifth recipient, Jena Kleindl, 20, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She will receive a $3,000 from the scholarship fund for the 2020-2021 academic year, which she began after working full-time during the summer at a news station in Rockford, Ill.

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 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.