Skip to main content

Roderick Boyd Porter Memorial Scholarship

Due date: March 20, 2020

The award amount is $14,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

To be eligible for the Porter Scholarship, students must be a current junior who has attended John Carroll University full-time for at least three consecutive semesters and who expects to graduate in December 2020 or May/August 2021. 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 committee will interview three to five finalists, then recommend candidates to the Academic Vice President for approval. Feel free to contact members of the committee if you have any questions.

Porter Committee Chair: Dr. Philip Metres, (English)

Porter Committee: Dr. Deniz Durmus (Philosophy), Dr. Marcus Gallo (History), Dr. Angela Canda (Director of the Honors Program), Dr. Patrick J. Mooney (Philosophy), Dr. Paul K. Nietupski (Theology and Religious Studies), Dr. Gwen Compton-Engle (Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures)

Rod Porter was a singular individual, well-schooled and well-read, liberally educated in Rod Porterthe 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.  


Porter Scholarship Application

Part I. Applicant Information

Student Contact Info
Academic Advisor
Expected Graduation Date

Part II. Humanities Courses Taken and In Progress

Course Prefix Course Number Course Name Core Requirement?

Part III. Campus Organizations and Activities

Please list all John Carroll organizations, activities, and service in which you participate that are relevant to the Humanities.
Please list and/or describe all John Carroll activities relevant to the Humanities that you have personally initiated or led.

Part IV. Essay: 

Disregarding the warnings of the institutional review board, (evil) social scientists capture an island and divide its inhabitants: one half are banned from studying the humanities. What happens next?

Please write an essay of about 500-600 words (typewritten, double-spaced, with one-inch margins).

One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, png, bmp, eps, tif, pict, psd, txt, rtf, html, odf, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, xml, avi, mov, mp3, ogg, wav, bz2, dmg, gz, jar, rar, sit, svg, tar, zip.

Part V. Letters of Recommendation

Secure two letters of recommendation from members of the John Carroll Community. Solicit letters from faculty members who know you well. At least one of your recommenders must be a full-time faculty member (preferably tenured or tenure track). Ask for the letter of recommendation at least two weeks before the deadline. 

Faculty members should email the recommendation letters directly to

Please list the names of the faculty members who will be submitting letters of recommendation for you.
Full Name Department