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The John C. Butler Presidential Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Geosciences is an example of effective philanthropy. It honors a friend and leader, unifies an entire college, and continues to support outstanding students.
Dr. John C. Butler served as professor of geosciences, chairman of the department, dean, and associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in his 33 years at the University of Houston. After his untimely death in 2001, a scholarship was established in his memory.
The Butler Scholarship was established in January 2002 with a generous gift from the George and Ann Butler Foundation. Following the scholarship’s creation, it was inundated with hundreds of additional contributions. Faculty, alumni, staff, students, and other friends of the college all chose to honor Dr. Butler with whatever gift they could afford. Today, the proceeds from this initial investment make education possible for several outstanding geosciences students each year.
The Butler Scholarship is only one example of the power that donors possess. NSM encourages all alumni and friends to make their contribution to quality science education today. Inquiries and gifts can be directed to Mark Putnam, NSM Director of Development, 214 Science & Research 1, Houston, TX 77204- 5008 or 713.743.4023.
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