Thank you for submitting your essay to the Ron Walker Scholarship Initiative

Our team will review all essays and announce the recipients on April 22, 2024.

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