Clarence Butler Award & Scholarship
HISTORY OF THE AWARD
Lambda-Upsilon Chapter first presented the “Board of Advisors Award” in 1988 to Frater Robert Clark (ΛΥ 215). In 1999, the Board of Advisors adopted a new designation for the award, the “Clarence Butler Award,” in honor of our first Lambda-Upsilon initiate, Frater Clarence “Ceege” Butler. That same year, the Board of Advisors also established the Clarence Butler Scholarship Fund through the TKE Educational Foundation, with the intent of providing an annual scholarship grant to the award recipient. Under the direction and leadership of the Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association, and as a result of the generous contributions of our chapter alumni and friends, the scholarship fund was permanently endowed in 2005, ensuring that the scholarship would be granted each year, in perpetuity.
A Chapter Founder, Frater Butler was one of seven Fraters who were instrumental in the establishment of “The Southern Colony” in 1967. When the International Fraternity officially installed Lambda-Upsilon Chapter on May 25, 1968, the collegiate membership selected Frater Butler to become the first initiate of the chapter. However, because he was not enrolled at Georgia Southern College at the time of the chapter installation, he was initiated into the Fraternity as an Honorary Member (Alumni Initiate), also becoming the first member of the chapter to hold this distinction.
Thirty-five years later, Frater Butler would play a leading role in the establishment of the Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association, serving two terms as its first president. In 2003, he attended the 52nd Biennial Conclave of the Fraternity in Dallas, Texas, serving as the Association’s official delegate to the Grand Chapter. In 2004, during a visit to the chapter by Frater Mark Romig, Grand Prytanis of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association recognized Frater Butler for his lifelong dedication to the Fraternity, with the presentation of a “Life Loyal Teke” designation.
Frater Butler passed into the TKE Chapter Eternal on August 12, 2009.
Each January, the Board of Advisors shall, at its discretion, recognize the contributions of a single member of the collegiate chapter, who through his fraternal contributions, leadership, behavior and/or actions, whether knowingly or unknowingly, has performed in a manner consistent with the Mission of the Board of Advisors and the Principles of the Fraternity. The recipient must be an active member of the collegiate chapter, in good standing with Lambda-Upsilon Chapter, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and Georgia Southern University. He must be enrolled as a full-time student during the semester in which the recognition is presented. The amount of the award is determined on an annual basis by the TKE Educational Foundation, which manages the endowment fund on behalf of Lambda-Upsilon.