School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
248 370 3050

Dr. Toni S and Kenneth Walters

       Dr. Toni S. and Kenneth Walters

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To request a paper application, email or contact the Reading and Language Arts department at (248) 370-3065.

Application Deadline
February 9, 2018

Applicants are notified at the end of term prior to term in which award is to be used.

For further information, contact: 
  Department Chair,
  Reading and Language Arts
  485K Pawley Hall
  Oakland University
  Rochester, MI 48309
  (248) 370-3065

Scholarship Recipients

2017  Renae Dipzinski
          Jennifer Short 
2016  Jassica Zakar
          Laura Gabrion
2015  Rachel Butler
          Laura Gabrion
2014  Sherry Andrews
          Rachel Butler
2012  Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar
          Debra Johnson

Toni S. and Kenneth Walters Student Literacy Scholarship

Toni S. and Kenneth Walters Student Literacy Scholarship

Dr. Toni S. Walters was influential during her Oakland University teaching career. As a tribute to her influence, a number of her former students celebrated her career and retirement by honoring Dr. Walters with gifts toward a scholarship bearing her and her husband’s names. With those gifts, and her own, Dr. Walters established an endowment for an annual tuition award benefiting students studying literacy.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • graduate student in the Department of Reading and Language Arts in the School of Education and Human Services or an undergraduate student studying literacy
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • an essay discussing how the candidate serves one’s community, emphasizing a commitment to ethnically and economically diverse communities in urban/metropolitan educational institutions
  • priority will be given to students who have demonstrated service in the field of literacy as an in-service or pre-service teacher either on OU’s campus or through community service

Award Information:

The Toni S. and Kenneth Walters Student Literacy Scholarship annual award is approximately $1,000. Students may only receive one award each academic year but may re-apply in future years. 

 Walters Scholarship Award Winner

2017 Toni S. and Kenneth Walters recipients Jennifer Short and Renae Dipzinski with Dr. Toni Walters and Dean Jon Margerum-Leys

“Dr. Walters and her husband Ken were both barrier breakers who paved the way for others educational dreams and aspirations. Their unselfishness and unwavering commitment allowed countless OU students the opportunity to complete undergraduate and graduate programs. Professor Walters did not just teach, she inspired us to be the very best…I will be forever grateful!”

Jonella A. Mongo, Ph.D.
1999, Reading Education

"The work of educators is an ever evolving work. One that requires discipline, creativity, passion, compassion, reflective practice and a willingness to do what is best for children in the face of opposition. The Walters lived by these values and imparted their importance to me. Possibly the greatest lesson that I learned as a result of my relationship with Dr. Toni Walters is that my work, the work of all who practice education, not only involves teaching children to learn but teaching them to use what they learn to advance our world. Mr. Walters, known for his knowledge of  all things, especially practiced the act of compassion through his willingness to share his wife with students like me. He made me feel as if my late night calls and weekend collaborations were not intrusive; but rather, welcomed moments to make this world a better place on behalf of children. For that, I am eternally grateful."

Rosalyn Shahid, Ph.D.
2011 Reading Education

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If you would like to help the Toni S. and Kenneth Walters Literacy Scholarship grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at or (248) 370-4233.