Scholarship Foundation


For Creative and Performing Arts


Statement of Purpose


The Albertina Walker Scholarship is for non-for-profit organization that was designed to help college and music students further their education by offering financial assistance in the form of scholarships.  This Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1988, under the leadership of the "Queen of Gospel Music" Ms. Albertina Walker.

Since its inception the Foundation has been helping young people continue their education by distributing over $50,000 to students throughout the country.  The money raised for the Scholarship Foundation helps to offset financial burdens that college and music students face by giving them the access to funding for things such as textbooks and supplies, course materials and class registration.  Support for the Scholarship Foundation is sought through corporate sponsorships and private donations.

Currently the Scholarship is being offered to students who have completed at least one year of music study.  Students must have a  minimum 2.5 GPA, major or minor in music;, submit a 500 word essay on "Why Gospel Music Is Important" , two letters of recommendation, and official school transcripts.  Once the foundation receives these materials, the applicants are reviewed and selected by the Foundations Scholarship Committee.  Awards are given based upon the relative merits of the entrants and the funds available.

In addition to assisting college and musci students with their finacnial needs, the Scholarship Foundation also meets the needs of the community.  Each year the Scholarship Foundation and it's member organize visits to the various places throughout the City of Chicago, such as senior citizen homes, nursing homes, AIDS hospices, homeless shelters, abused women and children shelters, and the Cook County Correctional Facilities.  The Scholarship Foundation also hosts various activities such as clothing drives, toy drives, food drives, and youth nights which include bowling and skating parties.

The Albertina Walker Scholarship is especially proud of its annual scholarship gospel concert in which gospel artist and the community come together to raise finances for the music scholarships, and scholarship recipients are awarded. Ms. Walker is a strong advocate of education, and the doors of opportunity that it opens.  Although Ms. Walker never attended college, due to her pioneering efforts in gospel music, she firmly believes in education and was presented with a Doctorate Degree from the University of Chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Theological School for her outstanding commitment to people and education.  With the vision of the Founder, the Scholarship Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts continues to promote education, community involvement, and helping people in need.