The second recipient of the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship has been selected!

Sophie Bolich, a sophomore at Marquette University, will receive $2,000 during the 2017-2018 school year. Bolich is a journalism major and a member of the cross country team. She grew up in Plymouth, Wis.

Click here to read a full Q&A with Bolich.

Sophie Bolich


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.

A $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to local college students studying journalism. The scholarship alternates between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University. The first recipient was Jakayla Phillips, a UWM student.

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.


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The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and 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.

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.