Oct. 28, 2019: 

The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship is announcing an ambitious fundraising campaign on the fourth anniversary of the scholarship’s launch.

The endowed scholarship benefits journalism students at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The fundraising campaign seeks to raise $23,000 to bring the total endowment to $100,000.

The larger endowment would allow the scholarship to double its annual award to students and provide $4,000 each year in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.

“In 1973, when Don was a college student, several members of the Milwaukee Press Club formed the MPC Endowment to invest in journalism excellence through the people who practice it,” said Joel Dresang, president of the MPC Endowment.

“The scholarship endowment set up in Don’s name will benefit generations of journalism students and perpetuate the legacy of his work,” he said.

Those who have generously contributed to the Walker scholarship have supported students who not only have a passion for journalism, but who also have a desire to give back to the community.

All four of the scholarship winners have created an impressive body of work inside and outside the classroom that truly reflects Don’s values.


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.

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.