Here is a scholarship opportunity I found in a Columbia Alum newsletter. If you are enrolled in college or a vocational school check this out.



Just Porter was founded on the idea that people are creators, adventurers and change makers. Our goal is to empower students to create their best work through the Just Porter Backpack Scholarship opportunity for the fall and spring semesters. We hope you take this opportunity to create, be an adventurer, or change the world for the better.


The winner of the Just Porter Backpack Educational Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or school travel abroad. Funds will be sent directly to the winner’s university or college. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made. The winner will also receive their choice of a Just Porter travel rucksack, professional backpack, messenger bag or daypack.


To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of the US and 18 years of age at the time of entry. You must be an enrolled student, full time or part time (at least 6 hours), in a post-secondary educational institution, including junior colleges and vocational schools, at the time of entry (an “Eligible Student”). Void where prohibited by law. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules and agree to accept all decisions of the Sponsor with regard to any element of the Promotion or interpretation of the Official Rules as final. Where permitted by law, entrants agree to allow all Promotion sponsors the right to use their names, photos or recorded voices in any publicity related to the Promotion/promotion without additional compensation. Decision of the judges is final.


Term Deadline
Fall 2015 Aug 31, 2015
Spring 2016 January 15, 2016


Before applying, read all of the instructions and eligibility requirements on this page. Then, fill out the application at the bottom of this page. Only one submission per person will be accepted. The winner will be featured on our blog, social media accounts.


Winners will be contacted via email 14 days after submission deadline. We will announce each semester’s winner on the dates above via our social media accounts and on this page.


All written submissions become property of Just Porter Backpacks and may be posted on our website, blog, social media accounts, or elsewhere as we see fit. You will not be added to any mailing lists by applying for the scholarship.


The idea of Just Porter was born in 2006 when founder, Chris Bahr, was doing humanitarian work in the Philippines.  He walked past a school in the barrio that had slanted boards for windows, no electricity and scrap wood desks. Chris went to the local market and purchased pens, pencils, sharpeners, paper and crayons with all the money in his pocket. When he returned to the school, he began giving the school supplies to the children, and the outpouring of happiness moved Chris to do more. Chris knew that he had to create a new way of helping, so he created Just Porter and the Giving 2.0 program.


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