|Alyssa Henzel ’16 and Sam Porritt|
Helping transform lives is something that has become a passion for Sam Porritt III ’84, ever since he suffered a spinal cord injury while traveling in Italy in 2011. More than two years and countless hours of rehabilitation later, he is now walking with just a cane, working and enjoying a full life. He is also working to provide others with the opportunity to fully recover from similar injuries through the Falling Forward Foundation, a not-for-profit organization he founded in August.
Sam, who has been a consistent supporter of the Wesleyan Fund over the years, decided to establish a Promise Scholarship after learning about the importance of this program to students with significant financial need.
“I was drawn to the Promise Scholarship concept because it’s another way that I can provide financial opportunity to those who need it: in this case deserving students,” noted Sam, who came back to campus for the first time in many years to attend the Scholarship Benefactor Dinner and meet his first award recipient. “I really wanted to meet Alyssa, our first student recipient, and witness the opportunity that the Promise Scholarship makes possible.”
Sam, who lives and works in Lawrence, Kan., has spent much of his professional career as a consumer marketing executive and consultant. In addition to the Falling Forward Foundation, he is also the founder of Full Circle Branding, a marketing consultancy; both are located in Lawrence. To learn more about the Falling Forward Foundation, visit www.fallingforward.org/