Woodford R. Porter Scholarship

The Woodford R. Porter Scholarship is awarded to African-American students who are residents of Kentucky or Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott, and Washington counties in Indiana. We consider admitted students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and demonstrate strong leadership and extracurricular involvement.

The scholarship was created in 1984 to be awarded to African-American students graduating from a Kentucky high school who meet the academic requirements and exhibit a strong aspiration to succeed and give back to the community. It was named after the former trustee, the late Woodford R. Porter. Mr. Porter was known for his dedication to strong advocacy for education in Jefferson County. His famous saying was "education is the great equalizer," as he believed it to be the ultimate path towards self and collective improvement. Two years later in 1986, the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Society was created to provide support and encouragement for students awarded the scholarship.

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To Apply

The minimum requirement for eligibility for this scholarship is a 3.0 GPA. Complete the UofL application for admission, and please be sure to indicate your ethnicity or you will not be directed to the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship application.

A complete scholarship application includes a student-involvement resume and a 400-1,000 word essay. 

Essay Question:

Please outline your thoughts on the following quote and explain how you believe your upcoming educational experience at the University of Louisville will contribute to the development of self, our campus community and the community at large.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

High School Counselors: Nominate a Porter Scholar