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Sam Houston State University

Named for Texas’ greatest hero, Sam Houston State University honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has prepared students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a life is its service,” resonates among its more than 21,000 students, eight colleges, and well beyond its Huntsville roots. Established in 1879, we were the first teacher preparation institute in Texas, and under the leadership of Dean Stacey Edmonson, the college continues our legacy of preparing exceptional educators and our commitment to making a difference in students’ lives. The college is home to four departments and two additional educational environments: Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Library Science & Technology, and the School of Teaching and Learning; service and research centers; and a charter school. We offer a variety of programs, including a Bachelor’s degree in Education, 13 master’s degrees, six doctoral degrees, 13 certificates, and five certifications. Our specialized programs are accredited, recognized, and award-winning at the state and national levels.

  • Early Childhood (EC)-6 Core Certification*
  • EC-6 Bilingual Certification*
  • EC-6 Special Education Certification*
  • 4-8 All Programs Certification*
  • Pre-K-3 Certification*
  • 7-12 Secondary Double Majors Certification*

* Participation in a year-long clinical teaching program is required

University Program Contacts:

Professor Associate Dean of Student Success and Partnerships & Charles Butt Scholarship Program Lead

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Teaching and Learning

Scholarship information


Years as a partner program


Scholarships awarded


Current Scholars


Scholar Alumni


First-generation college students

Receiving this scholarship means being able to stay in school and become a teacher. That’s my dream.

Kelly harris, charles butt scholar ’24

… this scholarship allows me to focus more on my studies without the stress of paying tuition.”

Arianna Ramp, charles Butt scholar ’22

Current Scholars

Gabriela Bean
Allison Bumpurs
Eric Carpio
Katlynn Clinkinbeard
Kennedi Cooper
Justine Cornwell
Ally Crocker
Kaylin Davalos
Valeria Flores
Rubi Gonzalez
Cristina Carolina Granja
Alexis Hansen
Kelly Harris
Jordan Harvey
Rachel Hicks
Candice Jackson
Gabriella Kaufman
Tahmeela Khan
Anne-Marie Kielb

Martha Maldonado
Alexi Martinez
Wendy Anne McMayon
Sujey Melendez
Rebekah Miller
Casandra Parra
Monica Perez
Callie Powell
Emily Roth
Madison Seiter
Kassidy Sikes
Shelby Talcott
Sydney Walker
Bailey Wallace
Amber White
Audrey Whitley
Morgan Wilcox
Karis Wortham

Scholar Alumni

LaDerrington Baldwin
Stacey Bowman
Star Brown
Alyssa Browning
Davarick Byrd
Elizabeth Fonseca
Hannah Fontenot
Brianne Gaska
Cindy Guerra Mejia
Brittny Guerrero
Megan Henderson
Mariana Herrera
Marissa Hiser
Dylan Jircik

Brittany Kmiec
Brittany Long
Teagan Mies
Gisselle Montes
Guadalupe Moreno
Cristal Navarrete
Jordan Potter
Karissa Ramon
Arianna Ramp
Rosaura Rodriguez
Arreal Sallie
Sandy Sanchez
Alex Vancia
Shelby Walker

Teaching: Charles Butt Scholarship, Stories of Impact

Rewrite the stars

A Charles Butt Scholar redefines her legacy through teaching.

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Are you a current Scholar or Scholar Alumni?

We invite you to join two online communities created just for you: CBF Connect – our new networking platform – and our private Charles Butt Scholars Instagram account.

Charles Butt Foundation Contact:

Headshot of Christina Dunigan, Program Director for Charles Butt Scholarship

Christina Dunigan

Program Director – Charles Butt Scholarship