The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) began the Portz Scholars Program in 1990 to acknowledge the contributions of John and Edythe Portz to Honors education. Each year, NCHC institutional members are invited to nominate one paper per institution written by an undergraduate honors student for the Portz Scholars competition. The four NCHC Portz Scholars are featured at a plenary session at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in the fall, and each Scholar receives a $350.00 stipend.
Since its inception in 1990, the Kent State University Honors College had produced more Portz Scholars through its undergraduate thesis program than any other institution in the nation.
Portz Scholars from Kent State University
Dorvan Byler, Kent State University at Stark (2015)
Honors Director: Dr. Leslie Heaphy
Allison Moats, Kent State University (2014)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Linda Spurlock
Honors Director: Dr. Donald Palmer