Who Can Apply:
- This scholarship was created in memory of Henry Walker Sr of Batchelor (Pointe Coupee Parish), Louisiana. Though he never obtained any former education, he didn’t allow that to stop him from achieving so much with so little.
- Henry was born in the small town of Pinckneyville, Mississippi between 1888-1894. He was the youngest of seven children. He later moved to Batchelor, (Pointe Coupee Parish), Louisiana at an early age and remained there until his death in 1974.
- Growing up in Batchelor, he worked as a farm laborer as most African Americans did at that time in the rural south. Henry was drafted to participate in World War 1 (WW1), also known as the Great War. He served in the 530th Engineer Service Battalion. On July 31st, 1918, Henry boarded the SS Maui and set sail to France for a one-year tour of duty. On June 9, 1919, after a year in combat, Henry boarded the SS Ohian and set sail from Bordeaux, France and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 19,1919. He served his country with honor though the times were horrendous for African Americans. He remained steadfast and loyal by demonstrating selfless service to serve something greater than himself. He knew this act of courage and resiliency would have a profound effect on his family for many generations.
- He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on July 2, 1919. Coming from the small town of Batchelor, this was an awesome feat for a black man in the deep south. It was this act of selfless service, duty, and personal courage that left a mark on his family. He served with honor and dedication for something bigger than himself.
- This scholarship seeks to support students attending HBCUs so they can complete their higher education journeys and achieve their career goals.
- Any African American, undergraduate student, with a GPA of 2.8 or above, who is attending an HBCU and has volunteering experience may apply for this scholarship.
Submission: To apply, tell us what you would do to improve your community and why.
Deadline: December 11, 2023