Woodford R. Porter Scholarship


The Woodford R. Porter Scholarship is awarded to Black/African-American students who are residents of Kentucky or Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott, and Washington counties in Indiana. It is based on academic merit, leadership, and service.

The scholarship was created in 1984 to be awarded to black 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.

The deadline for the 2015 Porter Scholarship has now passed. To be considered as a late applicant, please submit an appeal by following the directions below:

1: Fill out the form at the following link, uploading both your resume and Porter scholarship essay together in one documenton the "resume/statement" section of the form. louisville.edu/admissions/aid/scholarships/appeal. Please be sure to include an explanation of why your application is late in your essay.
2: To find the Porter Scholarship essay question prompt, click on "Porter Scholarship Application Process", found below on this web page.
3: The required letter of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommender to Claudia Lopez, either by mail or via e-mail to claudia.lopez@louisville.edu.
4: Successfully fill out the FAFSA and complete all requirements on your "Financial Aid Check List", found on your ULINK account.

All appeals will be reviewed after May 1st, and decision will be made pending budget and strength of the application.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email errol.wint@louisville.edu.