HONORS & AWARDS
2019-2016 The George Lucas Family Foundation Scholarship, USC School of Cinematic Arts
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 SFSU. Selected 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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