2019-2016  The George Lucas Family Foundation Scholarship, USC School of Cinematic Arts

                        (Inaugural class) 

2017       Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Screenwriting and Student Academy Awards      
        #AcademyGold Fellow (Inaugural class)


2013        Sundance Film Festival Pitching Contest Winner, Oscar Micheaux Biopic (IndieWire)                   

Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Contest (Honorable Mention - ISA)

Innovation for Teaching with Technology 

2003       The National Visionary Leadership Documentary Film (Honorable Mention - Excellence Award)    

           Given by Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint for “demonstrating superior skill in researching and preserving the life history of Mrs. Esther Cooper Jackson” (co-founder of Freedomways magazine in 1961 with W.E.B. and Shirley Du Bois). Walker's work produced with NVLP is now archived at The Smithsonian. (Inaugural class)

The Dr. Howard Lonsdale Screenwriting Scholarship Award                                                   

               Given by filmmaker Gregory Allen Howard, director of “Ali” and “Remember the Titans.  

               Participated in Screenwriting workshop with Gregory at Howard University.

2001         Outstanding Poetry Research Assistant Award                                                                                 

                      Given by Sonia Sanchez on behalf of The Elizabeth Howard and Thornton H. Taylor Trust Fund.

1998        The Robert A. Corrigan President’s Alumni Award, San Francisco State University                        

           Given by Robert Corrigan, president of SFSUSelected with 1 other student out of entire student  body.

T. Nelson Gilbert Poetry Prize Winner                                                                                              

The Tom Tyrell Diversity Award, San Francisco State University                                                      

1997         Outstanding Undergraduate Actress Award, San Francisco State University                                       

The Sylvia Ashe Award, San Francisco State University                                                          

1996       The University Women’s Association Award, San Francisco State University                                               

1995       Franum Outstanding Black Woman Award, San Francisco State University                                  

1993      California Forensic State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, Ventura Community College        

Given by California Forensic Association for “Dramatic Interpretation” of August Wilson’s “Fences.

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