Every gift makes a difference at Butler University. And there
are many different ways to show your support. Read on to learn how
a few alumni and friends chose to leave a lasting legacy at the
"We're really sold on Butler…for what it is today and for
what the future holds for it."
Herb and Jo Ann Dixon
~ Show Story
Herb Dixon '54, M.S. '56 never dreamed that he would be able to
provide a scholarship for tennis players at Butler University. In
fact, growing up in Mishawaka, IN during the difficult times of The
Great Depression, Herb did not even know if he would be able to
afford his own college education, much less anyone
An academic scholarship allowed him to enroll at Wabash College
in Crawfordsville. But after attending for two years, Herb learned
that in order to graduate with a degree in education he was going
to have to attend for longer than the traditional four years.
Concerned about how he would be able to come up with additional
money for an extra semester, he spoke to Jack Frayman with
whom he played tennis at Mishawaka High School and who was
attending Butler who encouraged him to transfer. This friend
spoke to tennis coach Frank "Pop" Hedden about Herb's predicament.
Somehow, "Pop" was able to pull together a tennis scholarship that
would allow Herb to come to Butler for free.
That was the start of what would become a lifetime of service
and commitment to Butler University for both Herb and wife Jo Ann
Kershner Dixon M.S. '64. In addition to playing on the tennis team,
Herb went on to join AF-ROTC and acted as President for both the
senior class and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also served as Resident
Advisor in the men's dormitory (now Ross Hall) and the Butler Board
of Trustees (1976-1979) as an Alumni Trustee. Jo Ann taught in the
Butler graduate division. They are both recipients of the
2006-2007 Ovid Butler Society Mortar Award, which is given to those
who exemplify the Butler spirit through time and resources.
Herb and Jo Ann recently funded a charitable gift annuity. The
proceeds will ultimately endow a scholarship that will provide
financial support for male tennis players, just like the one Herb
received that enabled him to attend his last two years here. They
have been delighted with their gift. "We're really sold on Butler
University," Herb said. "Not just for what it did for us, but
for what it is today and for what the future holds for
For Herb and JoAnn, creating the charitable gift annuity was a
chance to give back the gift of a scholarship Herb received long
ago. They hope their gift will serve as an inspiration, and
encourage others to consider how they can support students at
Butler. Herb said, "everything is a gift, and the more you give the
more you are blessed."
"Our experience at Butler shaped our entire
Margery and Edward Bennett
~ Show Story
Margery Harder Bennett and her husband, Dr. Edward Bennett feel
a lot of gratitude toward Butler University. Marge said, "our
experience at Butler shaped our entire lives, and it is with fond
recollections of that experience and those opportunities that we
decided to try to help young students advance their careers."
It is because of the educational opportunities she and her
husband received at Butler that they decided to give back in an
impactful way. Margery and her husband, Dr. Edward Bennett,
established an endowed scholarship that would provide aid to
academically deserving but financially disadvantaged Butler
students majoring in history. It was their desire to afford
others the same opportunity that Ed received as a result of the GI
Bill that provided the resources to receive an education when it
would not have otherwise been available.
In December of 2007, the Bennetts found a new way to give back
to Butler. They added significantly to a scholarship they had
established by transferring funds from their IRAs tax-free.
"It was so easy to accomplish," Marge said. "If we had any
other IRAs, we would do it again without hesitation."
For Marge and Ed, making a gift through their IRAs was their way
to "pay back for the Butler experience." The Bennetts are now
helping history majors through their scholarship.