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Connor Porter Scholarship Deadline: May 6

04/14/2015, 6:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Trish Porter and 2014 Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship recipient Sam Moelis. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

High school fencers are reminded that the deadline for the Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship is May 6, 2015. 

The Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship was created in 2013 through a generous donation from Connor's family members - Trish and Shannon Porter.  

Connor passed away on July 26, 2012 in a plane crash with his father, Pat, and another friend shortly after winning bronze in the Division III foil event at the Summer Nationals in Anaheim. Connor had many friends in the fencing world and was well known for his sportsmanship and encouraging others. 

Connor's father, Pat Porter, was a two-time track Olympian (1984, 1988) and his mother, Trish King Porter, was a high jumper on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team.  

"Our thanks go out to Connor's family and, in particular, his mother, Trish. While the Porter family's loss is unimaginable for most of us, his family's generosity will ensure that his legacy is remembered by all of us in the USA Fencing community," said Don Anthony, USA Fencing President/Chairman of the Board.

Two scholarships are awarded annually - $2,000 each for one male and one female high school student.  To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be members of USA Fencing and submit a recommendation letter from a coach, teacher or school administrator. No grades need be submitted as grades will not be considered in determining the winners of the scholarship. 

In addition, all applicants must complete a 350-400 word essay on a new topic each year. 

"Shannon and I are very excited to spread Connor's love and enthusiasm for fencing, life and other people. Connor wasn't a 'traditional sport' kind of kid but when he started fencing he was sold from the first day. Fencing brought him so much joy, laughter, life lessons, and taught him discipline," Trish Porter said. "For Connor, it was all about the people he got to be with, all the laughter he got to share, and all the hugs he gave and received. Wherever he went he encouraged his teammates and/or competitors. His smile, love of life, the Lord and others was evident in how he lived each moment to the fullest. Our hope is these awards will help athletes to remember others throughout the process of becoming the best competitor they can become, and to enjoy the process along the way. We are only given one life; may we try a little harder, be a little kinder, and love a little more in the spirit of Connor Porter."

Please click here to apply. 

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