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Goodman awarded John W. Porter Community Responsibility Scholarship from Olivet College
May 22, 2013

Chelsea Goodman, a sophomore from Reed City, received the John W. Porter Community Responsibility Scholarship at Olivet College’s 17th annual Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner May 16 at the Country Club of Lansing.

Goodman received the honor for demonstrating the Olivet College Compact through her involvement and service at the college and to her community. She is a member of Alpha Pi Upsilon Medical Sciences Honor Society, a member of the Global Honors Citizens Program, participates in Olivet College Service Day projects, is a student worker in the Office of Admissions, volunteers at Reed City Elementary, and has raised money and awareness for many causes such as breast cancer awareness, Down Syndrome awareness, and the Children With Hair Loss Nonprofit. A biology major with a pre-medical concentration, she has been named to the Olivet College Presidents List for achieving a 4.0 grade point average.

At the age of 38, Dr. John W. Porter was the youngest chief state school officer and the first black state school superintendent in the nation. In 1979, Dr. Porter served as president of Eastern Michigan University. From 1989 to 1991, he served as the general superintendent for Detroit Public Schools. During his tenure, the district went from having a $160 million deficit and unbalanced budget to a $35 million surplus. In 2001, Dr. Porter was awarded the Olivet College Leadership Award for his commitment to Olivet’s educational philosophy of individual and social responsibility. In gratitude of this honor, he established an endowed scholarship for current students at Olivet College who demonstrate leadership and community involvement.


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