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Dr. Johnita R. Porter Scholarship 

The Dr. Johnita R. Porter Scholarship is awarded to an Eastern Michigan University student who meets the following criteria:

  • Major in Education
  • Race/Ethnicity is Black
  • Be a Single Parent

All applications must include unofficial transcripts and Winter 2022 enrollment verification. Please e-mail them to [email protected]


Important note

Hold February 19th at 3 p.m. on your calendar. All recipients will be required to attend the Men's Basketball game to receive their scholarship during the half-time show.


This scholarship deadline is February 15, 2022.

Class Level*
Are you Black or African American?
Are you a single parent?
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This scholarship is named for Johnita Porter (99), who graduated from the School of Education with a degree in Special Education. Before retiring in 2021, she dedicated her entire professional career to working with and advocating for children with disabilities. While an undergrad, she overcame insurmountable financial and personal challenges to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Emotional Impairment. She went on to graduate with honors while a single mother to one son (and pregnant with a daughter, born two months after graduation).

Dr. Porter is currently an education researcher, manager, and founding member of an online form of educator professional development called the Virtual Educator Network.


She wants the recipient of this scholarship to be encouraged and reminded that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish through hard work, determination, perseverance, and the ability to roll with the punches.