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Morton-Finney Leadership Program

Dr. John Morton-Finney Leadership Award

Dr. John Morton-Finney

For more than 20 years, Butler has been awarding the Dr. John Morton-Finney Leadership Award to students who have taken a leadership role promoting diversity and inclusion in their schools or communities.

This award is named to honor the late Dr. 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.

 I never stop studying. There's always lots to learn. When you stop learning, that's about the end of you.

Award recipients participate in Butler's Morton-Finney Leadership Program and must meet program guidelines which include, but are not limited to: attendance at monthly meetings, participation in monthly individual and group service or leadership projects, and engagement in professional development opportunities.

Learn more about the award application process and selection criteria.