Butler School of Music Faculty Donates $25,000 to Establish Student Scholarship

Dec. 21, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Faculty in the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin have donated $25,000 to establish a new endowed scholarship in music.

The initiative was a grassroots effort on the part of the faculty that began in summer 2009, when Sarah and Ernest Butler, in their continued support of the Butler School, announced an initiative to provide matching funds for any scholarship gifts between $25,000 and $50,000 through the end of 2009. Several members of the faculty saw the announcement as an opportunity to help provide much-needed student aid, and began talking with their colleagues about donating to the effort.

The resulting $50,000 endowed scholarship in music, when matched by the Butlers in January 2010, will support undergraduate and graduate students in music.

"I am particularly moved by the fact that in a year in which the faculty received no merit raises, they would voluntarily donate funds in an amount sufficient to establish an endowed scholarship," said B. Glenn Chandler, director of the Butler School of Music. "This is just another example of the unwavering dedication our faculty have to the education of their students."

The matching funds provided by the Butlers are part of their latest endeavor in what has been nearly 30 years of support of the School of Music, including a $55 million gift in 2008 that resulted in the renaming of the school in their honor. To date, the dollar-for-dollar matching program has resulted in seven new scholarships for music, and Chandler said he anticipates that three additional scholarships in progress will also be matched.

Learn more about the Ernest and Sarah Butler School of Music.

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033.

7 Comments to "Butler School of Music Faculty Donates $25,000 to Establish Student Scholarship"

1.  Bill said on Dec. 27, 2009

I wonder how many faculty members who hold endowed positions such as chairs, professorships, etc. give back to the university such as this? The Music faculty are to be commended, especially since they are probably paid less than faculty in law and the sciences. I think it'd be a good idea if the Daily Texan did an article on how many faculty give financially to UT.

2.  Prabhudev Konana said on Jan. 3, 2010

Truly amazing faculty! Their dedication to students shows.

3.  Talitha May said on Jan. 5, 2010

The generous faculty from the Butler School of Music are truly an inspiration!

4.  Rilla Montroy said on Jan. 7, 2010

Wonderful faculty generosity! Wouldn't it be nice if the football coaching staff and the athletic department gave money for scholarships for students in the various schools around campus?

5.  Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez said on Jan. 7, 2010

I am a UT School of Music graduate and can attest to the dedication and support of the faculty in the School of Music toward their students. UT Butler School of Music rules!

6.  Emma Lea Mayton said on Jan. 7, 2010

A former faculty member, Vincent R. DiNino, director emeritus of Longhorn Bands, in 2001 gave $500,000 which was matched by former band students and friends to establish a chair in honor of Jane and Vincent DiNino. Since then he has given even more to establish several more scholarships in the School of Music.

7.  N. Bacak said on Jan. 9, 2010

Thank you, Butler School of Music faculty and Butler family. This school has such an amazing program. The students who go through this school are very lucky!