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Junior Awarded Inaugural TramutoPorter Foundation Scholarship


Saint Joseph’s College of Maine announced that a new annual scholarship promoting the practice of “compassionate leadership” has been awarded to junior Leadership for Sustainable Development/History double major Andrew Martin ‘24.

The TramutoPorter Foundation’s Compassionate Leadership Scholarship (CLS) fund was created by Donato Tramuto and Jeffrey Porter, well-known business leaders and entrepreneurs in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Mr. Tramuto and Mr. Porter have worked tirelessly for 20 years to invest the resources of their foundation in providing compassionate care and assistance to those who need it most. Mr. Tramuto currently serves as Saint Joseph’s Honorary Scholar in Residence.

TramutoPorter Scholars at Saint Joseph’s College will major in the new Leadership for Sustainable Development program and must have financial need. The scholarship will support them as they actively and practically prepare to become compassionate leaders who will make positive contributions to our democratic society and to the world in an era that has become marked by increased polarization and lack of civility. All TramutoPorter Scholars will receive ongoing guidance and mentorship from Mr. Tramuto.

“Students who gravitate toward Sustainable Development at a values-driven learning institution like Saint Joe’s must be encouraged and supported,” said Mr. Tramuto. “As I wrote in my last book, The Double Bottom Line, we need compassionate leaders more than ever, solving deep-seeded challenges like social isolation, food insecurity, homelessness, elder care, and the crisis of drug-related death. Andrew exemplifies empathy in action, and we can’t wait to see their impact on the world.”

The annual CLS grant will support one or two students annually. On July 30th, 2026 – the 25th Anniversary of the TramutoPorter Foundation – an endowed scholarship gift will establish the Tramuto-Porter Endowed Scholarship for Compassionate Leadership to sustain and enhance the scholarship in perpetuity.

“I think I share a belief with most of my generation that the purpose of learning is to make an indelible positive impact on communities and individuals in need,” said Mx. Martin. “I am profoundly grateful to Donato and Jeffrey for sharing this belief, and for enabling me to pursue my own impact as I progress through college and long afterward.”

Saint Joseph’s College recognizes the need to provide today’s students with access to curricula that connect their aspirations with the needs of their communities and the world. The College’s renewed strategic plan, new core curriculum, and new Leadership for Sustainable Development program all build on the solid foundation of service and compassion advanced by the Sisters of Mercy for more than a century, while addressing the deep passions of Gen Z and placing them on the path to rewarding careers and lives.

Photo by Troy Hendricks ’22 Business Communications and Career Studio Graduate Assistant.