Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Earning a bachelor's degree in economics, Alan Walker was active with the Christian Association, Young Republicans, and the Economics Club.
In 1968, he received an MBA from Penn State. In 1973, after several years as a products manager for the E.I. Dupont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, he returned to his hometown of Bigler, Pennsylvania to join his family's business. He became president of Bradford Coal Company in 1975.
Serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Coal Association, he has been active in the Republican Party for more than 25 years and has served as Republican State Committeeman for Clearfield County. He is the chairman of the Board of Directors of Pennsylvanians for Effective Government, and chairman of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority.
His record of civic volunteerism has earned him great respect within the state and his community. He is director of the Clearfield YMCA, president of the Bigler Civic and Recreation Association, past president of the Bradford Soccer Association and scoutmaster for the Bigler Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops. He currently serves as director of Clearfield Hospital, Clearfield Foundation for Health, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry. He also is treasurer of the Pennsylvania Society and member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce.
As one example of his dedication to the good of society, when the youth soccer league needed a place to play, he went to a corner of the Bradford Coal Company property and built a beautiful community field for the kids.
He also has been a true friend to alma mater, having served on the Bucknell Board of Trustees since 1980.
The Walker Family Scholarship was established in 1988 to enable graduates of Clearfield County high schools to attend Bucknell. Through his generosity, he has brought the best and the brightest students of Clearfield County to Bucknell. Since its inception, Walker scholarships have been received by 43 students. Currently, 11 students are Walker scholarship recipients. Besides his contributions to the endowed scholarship, he has made additional donations each year so that increased aid to students can be awarded.