Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Sister Josetta Butler Scholarship

Application Deadline:
March 3, 2017
Amount Range:
Janet Brady

Scholarship Details

The Sister Mary Josetta Butler Scholarship is intended to reinforce and promote the ideals of Christian liberal education and is awarded to a student who gives evidence of progress toward the achievement of this ideal through the study of religion and theology integrated with studies in other fields of intellectual inquiry, and who shows promise of making that education fruitful in a career of service.

To apply for the 2017-18 Josetta Butler Scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Presently enrolled in a degree-seeking, undergraduate program, carrying at least 6 credit hour
  2. Planning to re-enroll for the following academic year (2017-18) when the scholarship will be given
  3. Have completed three religious studies courses or have completed two religious studies courses with plans to take one additional religious studies course in the scholarship year
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  5. Have shown qualities of intellectual leadership and of service
  6. Be nominated by a faculty member


Upon nomination by a faculty member, the students will be invited by the Office of the Provost to submit an application in the form of an essay which sets forth his/her understanding of the study of religion as both integrating and relevant to significant issues and problems in our world today. The essay submission may be a new piece or an essay previously written for a course at SXU.

Faculty Nominations due February 13.

Student Essays due March 3.

Submit to Office of the Provost (WAC A-219) or to

Essay Options

  • A new essay (2-3 pages) that includes a thoughtful reflection on how you understand the way religion and/or the study of religion and/or theology at Saint Xavier University informs intellectual inquiry in other fields of study, including your major field of study, your understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts, your sense of leadership and service, and your future career. Your essay should reflect on what it means to study at a Catholic university.
  • An essay previously written for a course at SXU that demonstrates the impact of religious studies and/or theology on another field of study, explores the role of religious studies within SXU's curriculum or in your leadership and service activities, and includes a reflection on what it means to study at a Catholic university.

The Provost will appoint a selection committee of three faculty members, including one member of the religious studies faculty to review the essays and select the recipient(s).