Jena Kleindl, the fifth recipient of the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship, is on track to graduate in spring 2021 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in journalism and media studies.
Born and raised in Freeport, Ill., Kleindl quickly felt at home on campus.
“I knew almost immediately during my campus visit that I was going to attend UWM,” she said. “It just felt right.”
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Meghan Rock is the fourth recipient of the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship.
Rock is a senior at Marquette University studying journalism. She covers sports and was part of a student news team recently recognized by the Midwest Broadcaster’s Association.
She returned to Milwaukee this fall after a summer internship in LA with Fox Sports where she was a Women’s World Cup production intern.
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Cassandra Danielle Bretl, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been named the third recipient of the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship.
Bretl is from Rockford, Ill., and has worked at UWM Post and Media Milwaukee throughout college.
She expects to graduate in spring 2019 with a degree in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies. A multimedia journalist, Bretl also is proficient in American Sign Language.
Sophie Bolich, a sophomore at Marquette University, was selected to receive the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship for use during the 2017-2018 school year. Bolich is a journalism major and a member of the cross country team.
“What drew me to journalism was the chance to provide a voice for those who tend to be overlooked,” Bolich said.
Jakayla Phillips was the first student to receive the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship. She received a $2,000 scholarship for use during the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“For some people, journalistic writing may just be a hobby or a way to report current events,” Phillips said. “However, for me, it is more than a hobby; writing is my life.”
Click here to read more from Phillips about how the scholarship has changed her life.