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Butler Foundation Hosts Scholarship Luncheon

Published: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Guest Speaker Janice Jones with family

Butler held its annual scholarship luncheon in mid-September to honor scholarship recipients

Butler Community College has numerous scholarship funds set up to help students achieve academic success. Butler held its annual scholarship luncheon in mid-September to honor scholarship recipients. The event was also a chance for students to come face-to-face with the donors of their designated scholarship.

“This event is a very meaningful opportunity for both students and donors,” said Butler Foundation Scholarship Coordinator Averie Nelson. “The students have a hard time realizing that donors give money away and donors are able to see how impactful their scholarship support is to students.”

Janice Jones, a longtime nursing professor at Butler, served as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. “Every scholarship has a story,” said Jones who also attended Butler – as did her mother, two sisters, two brothers, son, daughter, husband, nephew, niece and great niece. Janice focused on her father, Don Domann. Domann, who grew up in a time of extreme racial prejudice, was a Kansas educator who touched the lives of every student he taught. At the time of his death in 1989, his family established a scholarship in his name. After his wife died, it was renamed the Don and Jean Domann Scholarship.

Years later, the scholarship benefits Domann’s own great-granddaughter, Emily Harper. She has been taking courses from Butler since her junior year of high school and has already been accepted into the nursing program at Wichita State University next year.

“I obviously never knew him,” said Harper, who was born a few years after Domann’s death. “But I know he was an amazing, non-judgmental man who loved everyone, and that makes me very proud. He made a difference in people’s lives, and he made a huge impact on El Dorado.

The Butler Foundation takes pride in providing the student body with financial assistance. For the 2014-2015 school year, the Butler Foundation gave away about $400,000 to approximately 500 students. For the 2015-2016 year, those numbers increased to around $515,000 impacting close to 600 students.