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University Wide Scholarships

Sister Mary Josetta Butler Scholarship

In September 1990, the Board of Trustees established a scholarship to be awarded annually in honor of Sister Mary Josetta Butler, RSM. Sister Josetta was Dean of Saint Xavier College from 1956 to 1960 and President of Saint Xavier College from 1960 until 1963.

In her administration, Sister Josetta devoted her talents and energy to the cause of excellence in higher education. She believed strongly in the value of a liberal arts education as the foundation and motivation for a future career of service. In the Saint Xavier curriculum, the role of theology and religious studies was central.

The scholarship, which bears her name, is intended to reinforce and promote this idea of the "liberal education of the Christian person." It is to be awarded to a student who gives evidence of progress toward the achievement of this idea through the study of religion and theology integrated with studies in other fields of intellectual inquiry at the University.

The scholarship is designed for upper-class students who have achieved some expertise on the role of theology and/or religious studies within a liberal arts education by completing at least one course in Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University. In their submission, students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the role of religious studies and/or theology to an SXU education, either in an originally written essay or in a previously submitted essay from an SXU course that explores that connection.

The Sister Mary Josetta Butler Scholarship will be announced and awarded at the University Awards Ceremony. It has a monetary value of $2,000, which is to be applied to tuition, fees and books. Demonstrated financial need is not a requirement. However, if the recipient is already receiving need-based aid, his/her financial aid package may be adjusted.

Criteria For Eligibility

To apply for the Josetta Butler Scholarship, a student must:

  1. be presently enrolled in a degree-seeking, undergraduate program, carrying at least 6 credit hours in the semester when the application was made (spring 2011);
  2. be enrolled for the next academic year, which will be 2011-2012;
  3. have completed at least one course from the Department of Religious Studies at SXU.

Procedure

  1. A student can either be nominated by a faculty member or make an application for the Josetta Butler Scholarship on his or her own. If nominated, student names should be submitted to Kathy McElligott, at  mcelligott@sxu.edu, and clearly identified as a nominee for the Josetta Butler Scholarship by Friday, February 11, 2011. If self-nominating, students can either download and print the application form (PDF) or pick up the application form in the Office of Academic Affairs (A-305).
  2. Once the criteria have been met, students will then be invited to submit one of two possible essays. The first option is to submit a brief essay (2-3 pages) that would include a thoughtful reflection on how he or she understands the way religion and/or their study of religion/theology at Saint Xavier University informs intellectual inquiry in other fields of study, including:
    • their major field of study
    • their understanding/appreciation of the liberal arts/
    • general educationtheir future career
    In these submissions students will be expected to give some consideration to or evidence of the role of religious studies within SXU's General Education Program and what it might mean to study at a Catholic university. These essays are due by Friday, February 25, 2011, and should be turned into the Office of Academic Affairs (A-305) along with a filled out application form if self-nominating.

    The second option is to submit a previously written essay that the student believes demonstrates the impact of religious studies and/or theology on another field of study, and attests to the role of religious studies within SXU's General Education Program and what it might mean to study at a Catholic university. These essays are due by Friday, February 25, 2011, and should be turned into the Office of Academic Affairs (A-305) along with a filled out application form if self-nominating.
  3. The Provost will appoint a committee of three faculty members, including one member from the Department of Religious Studies, to review the essays.
  4. After review, the committee will make a selection for the 2011-2012 Josetta Butler Scholar on the basis of the quality of the essays.