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Woodford R. Porter Scholar: Crysta McGee BACKGROUND: The Woodford R. Porter Scholarship is awarded to AfricanAmerican students who are residents of Kentucky or southern Indiana and is based on academic merit, leadership and service. The scholarship, in place since 1984, is named after former UofL trustee Woodford R. Porter. Porter was a strong education advocate who believed education was the ultimate path toward self-improvement. In 1986, the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Society was created to provide support and encouragement to students who receive the scholarship. GIVING THANKS: The "bright lights and big city" atmosphere of Louisville enticed Crysta McGee, 20, of Cadiz, Ky., to choose UofL. "I'm from a small town, and there's not even a Wal-Mart or a bowling alley in sight," she laughed. The Trigg County High School graduate is now majoring in communication with a sociology minor. She received both the Porter scholarship and the Cardinal Covenant. McGee is in the honors program and credits her scholarships with allowing her to pursue her collegiate career. "If it wasn't for the scholarship, I wouldn't be here," she said. "These scholarship programs help keep students on track in life 42|LOUISVILLE.EDU and academically. The Porter scholarship constantly notifes you of opportunities that arise on campus, whether it is professionally, academically, or for community service." Last year, McGee helped mentor students at Western Middle School and she looks forward to more community service efforts this semester. Graduate school is already on her horizon and she hopes to remain in Louisville. "Personally, being here while UofL is on the rise has the most impact on me. So many things are happening on campus," she said. "But, if I had to choose my most memorable moment, it would be the confetti hitting my face in the frst row when Louisville won the national championship. It was beyond my wildest dreams. I still feel immense pride from it." Inset photo: Crysta McGee lends a hand as she volunteers on campus for the Cards Under the Stars event this summer.