The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship is a one-time scholarship given to a legacy freshman or transfer student. The Sustaining Life Program was established to award scholarships to eligible incoming freshmen who are children or grandchildren of Delta State University alumni. Every amount that is contributed to the fund goes to directly into this account.
Hugh Ellis Walker served as the Alumni Secretary from 1969-1987. He was named executive director of the Alumni-Foundation in 1987. The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House was dedicated in his honor in 1996, and he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. Walker was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2013.