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Butler University

Morton-Finney Diversity Scholar Award

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5000 USD
United States
01 Nov 2024
Application deadline


Butler University is the largest provider of financial aid to our students. Butler gift assistance is available only to full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and is for tuition only unless otherwise stated.


Scholarship type

Merit and need based

Number of scholarships to award



Minimum $5,000

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


This award is named to honor the late Dr. John Morton-Finney, an African American alumnus of Butler University. Dr. Morton-Finney earned 11 degrees and practiced law for 53 years until two years before his death at 108 years of age, making him the oldest practicing attorney in Indiana. In addition to his legal accomplishments, he was also the oldest living member of the World War I Army unit of Black soldiers known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Dr. Morton-Finney believed in education and served the Indianapolis Public School system for 47 years as a teacher and administrator.

Award recipients participate in Butler’s Morton-Finney Diversity Scholar Program and must meet program guidelines which include, but are not limited to: attendance at designated meetings and participation in assigned programs and projects.

For more than 30 years, Butler has been awarding these scholarships to students who have taken a leadership role promoting diversity and inclusion in their schools or communities.

Applicable programmes


Awards range from $5,000 to full tuition (with other Butler gift assistance, state, and federal aid).


  • Candidates must have applied and been admitted by the November 1 Early Action Deadline or February 1 Regular Decision Deadline.
  • In addition to strong academic rigor and performance, candidates must demonstrate commitment and actions to promote diversity and inclusion through high school and community activities.
  • Candidates from racially and ethnically diverse populations who have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship requirements




United States



Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

01 Nov 2024

Complete the Common App (and submit all required supporting materials) by our Early Action deadline of November 1.

Complete the Morton-Finney Diversity Scholar Award application form by November 15. (Access to the application form is emailed to students after their application for admission is submitted.)


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