The Ron Walker Scholarship Initiative

We are pleased to announce the Ron Walker Scholarship Initiative, an opportunity for high school seniors to submit an essay based on the reading of Ron Walker's recent book, Delores's Dream.

Application is currently open
Deadline for essay submission: June 1, 2024
Announcement of Awardees: June 14, 2024

Purpose

It is our hope that each student who applies for this scholarship opportunity will be inspired by Delores’s Dream and that this will ignite a spark for a successful education, career, and life.

Eligible Applicants

High School seniors who are interested in applying for the $500 scholarships must read Delores’s Dream and then select one of the 5 prompts to guide their writing of an essay. Applicants will receive a special link (a password will be provided by the school administrator) to read this 60 page book. Applicants will then upload their essay in PDF format here. The application process is currently open and will close on midnight, June 1, 2024. The awardees will be announced on June  14, 2024.

Application Process

Three simple steps:

  1. Download and read the eBook ⇒
    You will need a password, provided by the person at your school who is the contact for this scholarship.
  2. Review and choose your essay prompt ⇒
    Choose ONE of these 5 prompts to guide your essay response.
  3. Submit your essay ⇒
    Submit your 350-500 word essay in PDF format here.

Selection Criteria

We are interested in your experience of reading Delores's Dream, and how Delores's story, though from another generation and another era, relates to your own life, hopes, dreams and challenges.

Award Recipients

Each awardee will receive a $500 scholarship.

Background

Ron Walker served his whole career in the profession of education. He started his teaching career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a decade of classroom teaching, he was selected to be a member of the National Urban Fellows Program which took him to Boston, MA. He continued his work in education at Boston University then served as assistant principal in Belmont Public Schools followed by becoming principal of the Peabody Elementary School in Cambridge. All of these experiences prepared Ron for the founding of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) in 2007. COSEBOC’s mission is to advance the social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color.

The Book: Delores's Dream

In the midst of this important work as Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating boys of Color, Ron took time to write a book about his beloved mother, Delores Walker-Johnson. The book, Delores’s Dream, describes the life of a woman whose love for education permeated her entire being and spilled over onto the growth and development of her son, Ron Walker. It is a book that will inspire the reader to dream bold dreams and aspire to fulfill visions of hope.

A Gift: How this Scholarship was Established

Upon retirement as the founding director of COSEBOC Ron was honored by two celebrations, one in Philadelphia and the other in Boston. He received gifts and proclamations from both cities and wonderful salutes from friends and family. One of those gifts was a donation to establish the Ron Walker Scholarship Initiative, to be regifted to students from Boston Public Schools and Cambridge Public Schools.

Overview here ⇒
Overview of the Ron Walker Scholarship Initiative

Download the ebook here ⇒
You will need a password, provided by the person at your school who is the contact for this scholarship.

Essay prompts  here ⇒
Choose ONE of these 5 prompts to guide your essay response.

Submit your essay here ⇒
Submit your completed essay in PDF format.

My name is Ron Walker. For five decades I have been blessed and honored to serve in the noble profession of education. I started my teaching career in the city where I was born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a decade of classroom teaching, I was selected to be a member of the National Urban Fellows Program which took me to Boston, Massachusetts. I continued my work in education at Boston University then served as assistant principal in Belmont, Massachusetts public schools followed by becoming principal of the Peabody Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All of these amazing experiences prepared me for something very special: the founding of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) in 2007. COSEBOC’s mission is to advance the social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color.

In the midst of this important work, I took time to write a book about my beloved mother, Delores Walker-Johnson. The book, Delores’s Dream, describes the life of a woman whose love for education permeated her entire being and spilled over onto the growth and development of her son, Ron Walker. It is a book that will inspire the reader to dream bold dreams and aspire to fulfill visions of hope.

Recently, I retired as the founding director of COSEBOC and was honored by two amazing celebrations in Philadelphia and Boston in gratitude for my work. I was blessed to receive gifts and proclamations from both cities and wonderful salutes from friends and family.

One of those gifts was a donation to establish the Ron Walker Scholarship Initiative, which I am officially announcing through this letter. The scholarship will be regifted to five students: two from the Boston Public Schools, two from the Cambridge Public Schools and one from the Woburn Public Schools.

Students interested in applying for each of the $500 scholarships must respond to a writing prompt which will be drawn from the book Delores’s Dream. Applicants will receive a special link to read the 60 page book. Applicants will then send their responses to the designated school district contact who will assist in the review of applications. The final date to submit your written statements will be February…. The winners will be announced on ……. It is my hope that each student who applies for this scholarship opportunity will be inspired by Delores’s Dream and that inspiration will be a spark for a successful education, career, and life.  I look forward to seeing your responses.

Sincerely,

Ron Walker