April 27, 2019: Marquette University is in the process of choosing the fourth recipient of the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship.

In the meantime, the three prior scholarship winners are reflecting on how the scholarship has helped them and what comes next.

All three — Jakayla Phillips, Sophie Bolich and Cassandra Danielle Bretl — have created an impressive body of work inside and outside the classroom that truly reflects Don’s values.

Jakayla is taking free senior portraits for students in need, Sophie is teaching an after-school Spanish class and Cassandra works with the deaf community.

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.

The scholarship website is spotlighting essays and updates from the prior winners. From Sophie:

Next year, I am excited to be part of the O’Brien Fellowship at Marquette as a student intern. In the year-long program, I will have the opportunity to work under the leadership of an experienced journalist to help research and write an investigative piece.

Read Sophie’s entire update 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.

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.