January 15, 2016 STU

2016 Roderick Boyd Porter Memorial Scholarship

Dear John Carroll Student:

We write to inform you of the Roderick Boyd Porter Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded to a John Carroll University undergraduate student graduating in December 2016 or spring/summer 2017 for their contribution to the Humanities. If you qualify for this award of approximately $10,000 for your senior year of college, we urge you to apply.

Rod Porter was a singular individual, well-schooled and well-read, liberally educated in the Jesuit tradition, a student of the Classics and of classical languages, a superior writer, and a talented editor. Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1947, he graduated from John Carroll University in 1969 with a B.A. and honors in classics. He died of cancer in 1993. The Friends of Rod Porter ’69 established this annual scholarship in his honor.

To be eligible for the Porter Scholarship, students must be a current junior student who has attended John Carroll University full-time for at least three consecutive semesters and who expects to graduate in December 2016 or May or August 2017. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or better, a major or strong background in a Humanities field, and exemplary participation in campus and student organizations. The award amount is approximately $10,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

What are the “Humanities”? Broadly speaking, the Humanities are disciplines that study human culture. The primary academic disciplines of the Humanities include (but are not limited to) the Arts, Classics, History, Languages, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. Their approach to knowledge differs from the sciences, social sciences, and professional education. A competitive application will demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the Humanities and the candidate’s engagement with the Humanities both inside and outside the classroom.

All completed applications, should be received by Philip Metres (pmetres@jcu.edu), chair of the committee, no later than 5 p.m., February 10, 2016. The committee will interview three to five finalists. The Committee will recommend candidates to the Academic Vice President for approval.

The Porter Scholarship application is available at: http://webmedia.jcu.edu/cas/files/2016/01/Porter-Scholarship-Application-Form-2016.pdf

Please feel free to contact members of the committee if you have any questions.


Philip Metres
Chair of the Porter Committee

Porter Committee:
Dr. Philip Metres (English), Dr. Paul Nietupski (Theology and Religious Studies), Dr. Malia McAndrew (History), Dr. Gwen Compton-Engle (Classics), Dr. Angela Jones (Director of the Honors Program)