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. 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 award students 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. He famously said "education is the great equalizer," as he believed it to be the ultimate path towards self and collective improvement. In 1986, the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Society was created to provide support and encouragement for students awarded the scholarship.

To Apply

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship must submit an application admission to the University of Louisville by December 15. Supporting materials such as transcripts may be submitted until January 15.
Students who are eligible to apply for this scholarship will find their next steps in their UofL Application Gateway soon after they apply to UofL (whether they applied to UofL with or without test scores). The deadline to apply for this scholarship and submit materials is January 15.

A complete Woodford R. Porter scholarship application includes:

  • One essay (400-1,000 words) outlining your thoughts on one of the following prompts:

1: The Society of Porter Scholars was created around 4 pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Heritage.  Create a hashtag that embodies these pillars and explain how and why it works for our program.

2: Using the 4 pillars of the Society of Porter Scholars (Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Heritage) discuss how you will contribute to the development of yourself, the campus community, and your community at large.

If you have questions about the Fall 2021 scholarship application, please email  with "Scholarships" in the subject line.