ALAMOSA, COLO. (Jan. 10, 2016) . . . Julie Starkey, daughter of Kathy and Sean Starkey, is among the 36 exceptional science and mathematics students named Adams State University Porter Scholars for 2016-17.
A graduate of Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Starkey is majoring in cellular and molecular biology and plans to conduct microbiological research. Adams State’s Porter Scholars Program is “full of supportive people that wish to see us succeed,” she said. Starkey participates in ASU EARTH and also received the Lorraine Young Memorial Scholarship and the Vice President’s Merit Scholarship.
The late William A. Porter and his wife, Joan, established the Porter Scholars Program in 2007 through the largest gift in Adams State history: $5.8 million worth of stock in E*TRADE, which he founded in 1983. Porter went on to launch the International Securities Exchange. Dubbed “the forefather of online trading” by CNN, Porter earned a degree in mathematics from Adams State in 1951.
The Porters’ goal in creating the program was to “support students who are majoring in either mathematics or science on the basis of their need and their ongoing academic achievement.” To date, the program has awarded $816,145 to a total of 134 students, many of whom earn the award for multiple years. Porter Scholars alumni have fulfilled that potential through acceptances to medical and graduate school.
For more information on Adams State’s Porter Scholars Program, please visit: www.adams.edu/academics/porter/.