I am here because one man cared. One man was dedicated to education. One man who turned obstacles into opportunities, And became a leader in business and the community. I am here because of Woodford R. Porter. He became the first African American on the city school board in 1958. He is the first African American on the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustee. In 1984, a scholarship program was created in his name. It provides the opportunity for black students from Kentucky, who qualify academically to pursue a college education at the University of Louisville. I am here because one man believed that education is the great equalizer. One man who believed in me, and in me, and in me. I am a Woodford R. Porter Scholar. My name is Nakia Strickland, and I graduated from the University of Louisville in December of 2008. Currently I work in the Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, as an admission counselor. The ability to have, be a recipient of the Porter scholarship has meant a great deal to me. It’s been numerous networking opportunities, the ability to grow as an individual, the ability to develop into a student leader, as well as the leader in the position that I’m currently in. Porter scholars are out there as doctors, and lawyers, and earning their PhD, and are in higher education, and working at universities, wonderful wonderful things. I am a former Porter scholar myself, I did graduated from the University of Louisville; I left for some time and decided to come back and be an advocate for this program. As the coordinator of the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program now, I’m honored to be able to work one-on-one with families, work one-on-one with parents, work one-on-one with students and help them navigate through not only the admission application process, but also the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship application process. Through our assessment of all the students that are applying for this prestigious scholarship, we want to make sure that these students are ones coming in with promises. Students who are are going to come in, and not only do well in the classroom, but make a difference and an impact in the world. My parents always prepared me growing up; they said we’re not paying for college so you have to find a way to do it. All the time growing up my father always told me to make good grades, make good grades and it will pay off in the end. My name is Krista Worthy, I am from Elizabethtown Kentucky. Every day I try to live up to to Woodford R. Porter’s standards. I know that he envisioned African Americans excelling in school, so I know that he paved the way for me so I should definitely take advantage of this opportunity that I was given. So I try to give back whenever I can, volunteer to do something out of my way; I try to not think about myself all the time. If I’m going to succeed, I want everyone around me to succeed as well. The Porter scholarship takes care of me. My name is George Livingston IV; I am a sophomore here at the University of Louisville pursuing a degree in accounting. If I were a high school student, going through the process, I would definitely recommend the Porter. You don’t have to give an arm and a leg to go through it; it’s submitting your application, an essay, and they decide the rest for you. So if you handled your business and had good grades, you’ll be good to go. It’s all about helping the student to understand that what happens outside the classroom experiences, impacts what happens inside of their classrooms. So a lot of our programs are geared around personal development, self-discovery, helping them with their curriculums, thinking about your next steps in terms of your career goals, and so forth and so on. And we’re just a huge hub for resource, so there are a lot of resources on campus that we advise our students. If I was not a recipient of the Porter Scholarship, I would definitely not be where I am today. I feel as if the Porter Scholarship has definitely opened up a lot of doors for me as to the person I want to be, the person that I desire to be, and the person that I am today.