Walker-Claggett-Willhoite Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Alumni of Kappa Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha have established the Walker-Claggett-Willhoite Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Brothers John Walker, Tim Claggett and Kevin Willhoite.
At the conclusion of each semester, the WCW Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide a series of financial awards to Transylvania Pikes who have earned a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.
A Legacy of Brotherhood and Friendship
The Walker-Claggett-Willhoite Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of three legendary fraternity brothers.
John Walker, Tim Claggett and Kevin Willhoite brought friendship, laughter and love into the lives of countless Transylvania University classmates. They each were inspirational leaders and mentors to their fraternity brothers and friends. Their individual impact upon the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity still resonates to this day.
Donations to this fund will provide “mini scholarships” that will be awarded every semester. These awards are Academic Performance Grants that will be paid directly to each Pike that achieves a semester GPA of 3.1 or higher.
The financial burden of attending college for many is staggering. Today, a graduate from a private Kentucky college takes with them an obligation for over $31,000 dollars in student debt.
Your gift will leave a legacy that will honor Robert, Kevin and Tim for years to come.
John Walker Jr.
John "Boom Boom" Walker Jr. was from Newark, NJ. He pledged as a Pike in 1979 and was a member of the Class of 1983. John was also a beloved Big Brother for Transy's Sigma Kappa Sorority.
John was the husband of Jeannie Walker, and the father of Rebecca Walker. Jeannie was also a Transy graduate. After college John worked in management for Jerry’s, Lees, Denny's, All Foods, and Campbell Phillips. John switched gears from food service to join Bryant’s Distributing. Later he moved into sales at Hurst Office Supply.
John became a deacon at The Hillcrest Baptist Church. He could frequently be found, running the audio video, directing the food service and was always highly active in the church's youth programs. John volunteered for The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life movement, which is the world's largest peer-to-peer fundraising event dedicated to saving lives from cancer.
He didn’t realize it would directly affect him later. John dutifully cared for his ailing mother right up until his death.
Tim Claggett pledged Pike in 1978 and was a member of
the Class of 1982. Tim was also a beloved Big Brother for Transy's Sigma Kappa Sorority.
Tim and his wife Kathryn Griffin Claggett, also a Transy grad, married in 1981. Together they have four children, Thomas, Samuel, and Joseph and a daughter, Kerry Claggett. He was a very proud grandfather to their granddaughter Carsyn.
Tim joined the LFUCG Fire Department in 1987 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant, He retired in 2012.
Tim enjoyed camping and riding his motorcycle. He also took time out to work with Habitat for Humanity and other community service organizations. Tim was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Firefighters and was a loyal advocate for the Vanover Veterans Village.
Kevin, pledged Pike in 1978. He was an enthusiastic, creative leader for three prestigious organizations at Transy. Pi Kappa Alpha, W.U.S., plus he served as the Owl Man for Chi Omega.
As Pike Rush Chairman, Kevin orchestrated the recruitment of a large, talented pledge class.
Upon graduation, Kevin first worked for Touché Ross, one of the Big 8 accounting firms. He and a small group of young professionals worked out of Elizabethtown, conducting audits and preparing taxes for customers. He relocated to Houston before moving to Sherman Oaks, California. Kevin led the finance team at Redken, Inc. until his death in 1991.