Butler-Fouts Graduate Scholarship

What a wonderful evening at Equali-TEA! I felt inspired by being in a room full of wonderful women with the reminder of great women of past. I am honored to be the first recipient of the Butler-Fouts Memorial Scholarship. I promise to live up to the legacy of Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Fouts through my acts.

Keaira Crutchfield

2017 Butler-Fouts Scholar


AAUW Murfreesboro, in partnership with the Middle Tennessee Fund for Women and Girls, will award a $1,000 scholarship each semester—Fall and Spring—to a female graduate student belonging to an under-represented ethnic or racial group and who best demonstrates academic promise and financial need. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must currently be enrolled in or have been accepted into a graduate program at MTSU. U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents may apply. Preference will be given to those who show that they are close to the completion of their degrees. Award recipients may apply for competitive renewal of the scholarship each semester as long as full-time status and a 3.0 GPA for MA candidates and 3.25 GPA for PhD candidates are maintained.

Scholarship designations are New Scholarships and Renewed Scholarships. Upon request, scholarship awards are renewed for recipients in good academic standing and who show that they are making good progress towards graduation. When scholarships are renewed, new scholarships for first time recipients are not offered.

Scholarship namesake and former AAUW Murfreesboro President Leola Fouts [right] presents a door prize to Cora Vaughn at an AAUW game night.

Scholarship namesake Mattie Butler [right] sits with Karen Lampert in this photograph from 2009. Ms. Butler served then as the Calling Committee Chair for AAUW Murfreesboro.

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 scholarship award!

To apply, complete the following checklist of tasks.

  • Complete the online scholarship application form.

  • Submit a typed essay of no more than 1,000 words describing 1) your professional goals and the manner in which this scholarship will contribute to your achievement of these goals, and 2) your financial need.

  • Request official transcripts faxed to 615-396-3126 or mailed to Dr. Yuan-ling Chao, Box 23, History Department, Middle Tennessee State University, 1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro TN 37132

  • Have two letters of recommendation emailed directly to scholarships@aauw-murfreesboro.org.

Application forms and supplemental materials must be received no later than 5:00 PM CST on November 18, 2019. Please email scholarships@aauw-murfreesboro.org with any questions about the application process.

Good luck, scholars!