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Audra (Haveman) Butler '99 and Brad Butler '97 Brad and Audra (Haveman) Butler

Brad Butler sums up the reason that he and his wife, Audra, give to their alma mater simply: "We both had such a wonderful experience at Hardin-Simmons that we wanted to give back to help other students." Five years ago, as a surprise to Audra, Brad established an endowed scholarship in her honor. The couple has given to the scholarship regularly ever since.

A vocal performance major, Audra has the gift of a beautiful voice. She received training at Hardin-Simmons from musicians recognized in their field. Those faculty members had a profound impact on her life, not just her education. For Audra, music is a very personal form of worship that touches lives. She feels that their scholarship enables them "to help Godly young adults further hone the natural gifts they have already."

An anesthesiologist, Brad says he was as prepared for his career field as anyone from an Ivy League school. He was in the first class of the Leadership Minor program, something that he says made him more well-rounded. "The Leadership program added another dimension to my education and opened the door for other opportunities in medical school and beyond," he says. Brad is heavily involved in the Texas Medical Association as well as the American Medical Association and credits his involvement in the leadership program for paving the way.

Hardin-Simmons holds a dear place in Brad and Audra's hearts. They hold a dear place in ours as well.

Whether you are able to establish your own endowed scholarships as Audra and Brad have, or you support the Annual Scholarship Fund, your gifts directly benefit deserving students who need your help now more than ever. Please contact Mike Hammack at 325-670-1278 or for more information on how you can create an endowed scholarship to support deserving students.

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