Masons Make $25,000 Endowment to Shaw University’s Robert M. L. Walker Endowment Fund created to benefit students, honor esteemed brothers

Raleigh, NC – May 14, 2019 – Shaw University today announced thatDaniel L. “DT” Thompson, the Deputy for the Orient for the E. J. Morine Council of Deliberation of the Scottish Rite Masons of North Carolina, presented the University with the first installment of $5,000 given in creation of the Robert M. L. Walker Endowment Fund.

Thompson stated that this endowment honors two stalwart North Carolina Prince Hall Masons: his mentor, Robert M. L. Walker; and E. J. Morine, a 1975 Shaw graduate. “The goal of the  E. J. Morine Council of Deliberation is to have a long lasting relationship with Shaw University that will encourage other organizations to devote their resources to making a similar impact.” A Prince Hall Mason since 1992, Thompson also serves as Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina.

“It is humbling to have the Prince Hall Masons select Shaw University as the HBCU at which to create its first Endowed Scholarship. Their focus on education aligns with ours, and they have now created a way to help to fund a student’s education forever,” said Marilyn Baldwin Richards, vice president for Academic Affairs. “We feel confident that they will realize a bright return on their investment through the Shaw students who benefit from their generosity.”

To contribute to the Robert M. L. Walker Endowment Fund, go to