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Georgia Tech Grad Leaves Bequest to Establish
Engineering Scholarship Fund at The Citadel

The Manley Earl Porter Scholarship Fund

One need not be a graduate of The Citadel to recognize the college’s role in educating top leaders for the state of South Carolina and the nation. This year, we learned of a Georgia Tech graduate’s lifelong confidence in the strength of The Citadel’s engineering program when The Citadel Foundation received a bequest of $360,000 to endow a full engineering scholarship for cadets with financial need.

Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Manley Earl Porter graduated from high school in Springfield, S.C., in 1938 while working in automobile service full-time.  After serving in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, he entered Georgia Tech, where he received an Air Force Commission as second Lieutenant upon graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

He entered the United States Air Force in 1949 as an officer and served in various engineering-related positions such as nuclear weapons maintenance and missile guidance systems development.

Upon retiring from the United States Air Force in 1966, he continued working in aerospace programs such as NASA's Apollo (Moon) Program and the United States Army's Anti-Missile system until his retirement in 1976.

After his passing in January of this year, The Citadel Foundation was informed that he had left the sum of $360,000 in his will to establish the Manley Earl Porter General Scholarship Fund at The Citadel.   The purpose of this endowment is to support a cadet with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to a cadet majoring in Electrical Engineering, in recognition of Major Porter’s distinguished career.

This summer, Major Porter’s lifelong companion, Ms. Lavinia Goff, visited The Citadel to learn more about its mission and to present the scholarship gift to Brigadier General Samuel Hines, Provost and Dean of the college, and Dennis Bergvall, Chief Executive Officer of The Citadel Foundation.

During her visit, Ms. Goff celebrated Major Porter’s abiding commitment to education and particularly his passion for supporting the careers of those who wish to study electrical engineering.  His generous bequest to The Citadel will go a long way toward educating future electrical engineers who will contribute significantly to the State of South Carolina and the nation.

Ms. Lavinia Goff, pictured at center with Major Porter's financial advisor, Alec Giles, '83, presented a check
in the amount of $360,000 to TCF CEO Dennis Bergvall, left, and Brigadier General Sam Hines.

During her visit to campus this summer, Ms. Goff had an opportunity to tour the campus and discuss with General Hines the profound impact the Manley Earl Porter General Scholarship Fund will have on the academic development of Electrical Engineering majors among the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.