The Walter A. Williams, Sr. Fund was established in April 1993 by Walter A. Williams, Jr. to fund a scholarship for minority students, preferably of African-American descent, at the University. In light of the 1994 Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Podberesky V. Kirwan, the purpose of the Fund was amended in 2004. Spendable Income from the Walter A. Williams, Sr. Fund now provides scholarship support to undergraduates at the University who demonstrate high financial need and who graduated from a public high school in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Walt Williams, a former Terrapin basketball player who graduated in 1992 and NBA player, established this scholarship in honor of his late father Walt Williams, Sr. His father died October 13, 1992 after a short bout with cancer. He passed just a couple of weeks before his son played his first NBA game. "My father never had an opportunity to complete his education. So, I wanted to establish a scholarship in his name to assist people like himself who would not have had a chance to go to college, otherwise." The 7th pick in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, Walt Williams, standing 6'8", and nicknamed "The Wizard" by one of his college coaches, Bob Wade, for passing and ball-handling skills, was considered one of the most consistent 3-point shooters in the league.
Walt Williams Foundation
The Walt Williams Foundation was created and founded by Walt "WIZARD" Williams, Jr. in September 1999. His personal experience with losing a family member to cancer motivated him to start the Foundation. Walt Jr. felt a strong desire to support families affected by cancer. He understands first-hand the emotional and financial stress of seeing a loved one suffer from the disease. He realized there is also a need to assist families by providing financial support, education and resources. Walt Jr. also wants to give back to the community by supporting and conducting educational athletic, social and academic activities.