Philip Butler of Lake Anna, Va., and Stephen Butler of Tierra Verde, Fla., sons of C.D. and Anna E. Butler, made a $10,000 gift to establish the award. The gift was matched with an additional $10,000 through a University matching gift program.
The matching gift program is part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for a $1-for-$1 match. The goal of the Campaign is to raise $40 million for student scholarships, academic programs and renovations that benefit students both today and tomorrow.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. First preference will be given to students who have a parent serving as a minister in a Baptist or United Methodist church in Missouri. Second preference will be given to a student who is pursuing a music degree. Financial need will be considered, but completion of the FAFSA is not required. The Campus Life Scholarship Committee with input from the Association of Campus Ministries will select the recipient.
C.D. and Anna E. Butler were inspirational figures to many people in Missouri, especially in Commerce, Senath and Sikeston, Mo., as well as in the St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo., areas. C. D. grew up in Cape Girardeau and Sikeston and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Southeast in 1948 after serving in the China Burma Theater during World War II. He attended Southwestern Theological Seminary and was ordained a Baptist minister in Commerce, Mo. Anna received a Bachelor of Arts in music (voice) from Southwest Louisiana University and a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary. In 1976, she earned a Master of Arts in teaching (music) from Southeast. She was an accomplished vocalist and school teacher, and several of her private voice students won national recognition over the years.
Both Philip Butler (’72) and Stephen Butler (’78) say they feel a strong connection to southeast Missouri and are especially grateful for the education they received at Southeast Missouri State University. Philip Butler currently lives at Lake Anna in Spotsylvania County in Virginia. Stephen and his wife, Cheryl (’79), currently live in Tierra Verde, Fla.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.