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.