In January of 1997, Todd J. Porterfield joined the Alpha Delta (Washington) Chapter as its 616th initiate. Immediately upon being initiated, he developed a love for service through The Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America), embodying the mission and spirit of The Ability Experience in his daily life.
Brother Porterfield believed that giving to others was a pure and meaningful expression of “true fraternity.” It was this passion for serving others that led Todd to join the 2000 Journey of Hope South Team as a cyclist. However, tragically, on August 7, 2000 (five days before the Journey of Hope would arrive at its final destination in Washington, D.C.), Brother Porterfield was struck by a vehicle and passed to Chapter Eternal.
The last months of Brother Porterfield’s life were dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Though his life ended before the full promise of it could be realized, his impact has continued to touch many lives. He leaves a long legacy of compassion, brotherhood, dedication and selfless giving.
Every fall, one member of the Alpha Delta (Washington) Chapter is selected as a recipient of the Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Scholarship, receiving a $1,000 grant. Note that special consideration is given to applicants who have been involved in national Ability Experience events (such as Ability Weekends; formerly Give-A-Push Weekends, Journey of Hope, Build America, etc.).
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be an initiated member of the Alpha Delta (Washington) Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
- Be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Washington
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Complete the entire application