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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Oct. 14, 2015

    Northwest awards Faust, Butler scholarships to 8 Iowa students

    Northwest Missouri State University awarded eight scholarships this fall to Iowa students in honor of two Atlantic, Iowa, natives with ties to the University.

    Northwest’s Michael L. Faust Scholarship is awarded annually to incoming freshmen who are graduates of high schools in southwest Iowa, while the C. Lee Butler Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or transfer student at Northwest with preference given to students who are graduates of high schools in Cass County, Iowa. Academic achievement and financial need are leading criteria for both scholarships.

    “These scholarships are most helpful to support deserving southwest Iowa students in gaining access and keeping their education affordable at Northwest Missouri State University,” Vice President of University Advancement Mike Johnson said. “We are grateful to uphold the generosity of Mike Faust and the loving family and friends of C. Lee Butler as they pay it forward for others to enjoy the fruits of their labor.” 

    Jackie Rush, of Griswold, Iowa, is one recipient of the C. Lee Butler Scholarship. A freshman agriculture education major, she is the daughter of Jim and Lisa Rush.

    Taylor Jessen, of Atlantic, Iowa, also received the C. Lee Butler Scholarship. Jessen, a sophomore psychology major, is the daughter of Clint Jessen and Jill Ray.

    Charles Lee Butler – or Lee, as he was known to friends and family – was born in 1902 in Fontanelle, Iowa, where he attended elementary and high school. He enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for one year but dropped out to help support his family. After working in a Fontanelle bank, he moved with his new wife, Florence, to Atlantic in the early 1930s to purchase a general lines insurance agency. He also served as secretary of the Cass Mutual Insurance Association, a county mutual fire and windstorm company. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company for many years.

    Butler’s daughter, LeAnn, remembers that her father enjoyed reading mysteries, watching football and baseball, fishing and the occasional trip to the old Ak-Sar-Ben track in Omaha, Neb., for horse races. He was a friend to many in Fontanelle and Atlantic and remained close to his four sisters.

    Additionally, Northwest awarded the Michael L. Faust Scholarship to the following students:

    Faust, an Atlantic native and 1974 Northwest alumnus, is the visiting dean of Northwest’s Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College. Faust recently retired as assistant to the president of Kiewit Corporation, a large construction and mining firm based in Omaha, Neb. He also managed the Peter Kiewit Foundation, led the company’s community relations programs and served as director of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation and the Omaha Community Foundation.

    For more information about the C. Lee Butler Scholarship or the Michael L. Faust Scholarship, or to make a tax-deductible gift to benefit the University, contact Northwest’s Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or visit

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468