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porter-webThe Roderick Boyd Porter Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a John Carroll University rising senior for their contribution to the humanities in the spirit of Rod Porter ’69. This year, the Porter Scholarship Committee—with Provost and Academic Vice President Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D.'s approval—has awarded the scholarship to Jessica Bou-Anak ’16. Bou-Anak is majoring in political science with minors in French, Arabic, and Middle Eastern studies. Additionally, she has served as the president of Middle Eastern Students Association. 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 the next spring or summer. 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. 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 in 1969 with a B.A. and honors in classics. He received an M.A. from the University of Michigan, was a candidate for his Ph.D. from Princeton University, and served as Cuyahoga County archivist where he was instrumental in local, historic preservation efforts. Porter later served as a trustee of the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Area Arts Council. After he died of cancer in 1993, his family and friends established the annual scholarship in his honor.