Porter Scholarship & The Society of Porter Scholars
Each year U of L awards the Woodford R. Porter Sr. Scholarship to promising undergraduate students following in the tradition of the Louisville leader for whom it is named. Porter was the first African American to serve as chair of U of L's board of trustees and president of the old Louisville School District Board of Education.
As a young man, Porter grew up in the west end of downtown Louisville where he experienced racial segregation firsthand. But he overcame adversity to become a leader in the city's civic, business and education communities. He owned A.D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home, one of the area's longest operating, privately held African American funeral homes.
The Society of Porter Scholars provides academic and social support to Porter Scholarship recipents. It promotes interaction, enhances leadership opportunities and development, and encourages professional and/or graduate education for outstanding student residents of Kentucky. The Porter Parents is a special support group that takes into consideration the special needs of U of L students who are also parents.
For more information about the scholarship program contact the Office of Admissions at (502) 852-7538.