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Walsh College, Ford Motor Company Fund Establish Scholarship in the Name of Walsh College Alumnus and Trustee Tom Walsh

Walsh College and Ford Motor Company Fund are honoring retired Detroit Free Press Columnist Tom Walsh with a new scholarship dedicated to promoting strong business communication skills among students.

The scholarship will help Walsh College students who have a background in public relations or communications earn a highly regarded Walsh business degree. It will also recognize Tom Walsh’s contribution to economic understanding and public policy in perpetuity.

Ford Motor Company Fund is providing $25,000 toward the scholarship. It is the intent of Walsh College to accept gifts in order to endow the Fund for future scholarships.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Ford Motor Company Fund in honoring Tom Walsh, a distinguished alumnus of the College and a member of our Board of Trustees,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “Most important, our students will benefit from the Fund’s investment in their futures for years to come.”

She added, “With our growing emphasis on business communications at Walsh College, the scholarship will serve as a fitting legacy to Tom Walsh, his outstanding journalism career, and his high level of respect within the business and public policy communities.”

Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, said, “Tom’s commitment to fair reporting and journalistic excellence made our community better over his long career. We look forward to helping new business students develop clear communication skills that serve all of us.”

Established in 1949 as the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company Fund has invested $1.5 billion to build stronger communities. It invests more than $10 million a year in educational programs and initiatives around the world.

A native of Chicago, Tom Walsh earned a master’s degree in Information Management and Communications from Walsh College in 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University in 1972.

Tom Walsh also served as master of ceremonies for the Walsh College “State of the College” report in October 2015 and was elected to its Board of Trustees in February 2016.

Tom Walsh worked at the Detroit Free Press from 1982 to 2015 as a reporter, bureau chief, suburban editor, business editor, projects editor, and columnist. Previously, he was city editor at the Oakland Press and a reporter and editor at Fairchild Publications in Chicago, New York, and London, England. In 1990, he was a Jefferson Fellow in Pacific Rim Studies at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

Over the years, Tom Walsh has been recognized for excellence in reporting and writing with awards from the Overseas Press Club, Detroit Press Club Foundation, and the Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association. He also was the recipient of a national business reporting honor, the Gerald Loeb Award.

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