All-American Hurdler Honored with Athletic Scholarship

More than $28,000 has been raised so far for the Howard Walls Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Howard Charles Walls Jr. (’10, ’12) was known for his hurdling, coaching and easygoing personality.

“Howard was just one of those guys everyone liked. I don’t think I ever saw him mad,” says Chris Harter (’13), a former teammate who is helping to establish a scholarship at Embry-Riddle in Walls’ honor.

Walls made a name for himself as a hurdler on the Daytona Beach Campus’ track and field team from 2006 to 2010. He was the first All-American in the campus’s track and field history and set a school record that still stands today.

Sadly, Walls, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died March 4, 2018, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. At the time of his death, he was the director of quality control and safety for Allegiant Airlines.

The track team was a tight-knit group, Harter says, and he and several other former teammates wanted to do something to remember Walls. A scholarship for student-athletes seemed to be the perfect choice.

The Howard Walls Jr. Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an Embry-Riddle track and field student-athlete. More than $28,000 has been raised so far for the scholarship, in part through a university crowdfunding campaign. As an endowed memorial scholarship, the university is able to award a scholarship in Walls’ name each year in perpetuity.

In January 2019, Walls was inducted posthumously into the Daytona Beach Campus’ Athletics Hall of Fame.