In 1989, Robert Walker, consummate traveler of seven continents and dedicated career educator, established this named scholarship to honor his parents Earl and Minnie, longtime residents and community leaders in Strongs, Michigan. Earl Walker is remembered as “Slippery” Walker, professional wrestler of the 1930s. He was a subject in John T. Nevill’s book, Wanderings, which offered tales of northern Michigan. Earl was also known as one of the last of the old-time politicians who took a personal interest in every person of his district. He served as a democrat in the local political spectrum for more than 50 years. Minnie, in addition to raising four sons and two daughters, was the postmaster for Strongs for 30 years, beginning in 1933. Upon his death in April 2001, Bob continued his family’s legacy by designating the LSSU named scholarship as a beneficiary of his estate. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic excellence.