Butler University is the recipient of a $250,000 planned gift from Shiel Sexton Company, Inc., to endow a scholarship in honor of the contracting firm’s late owner, Richard C. Shiel ‘49.

Money from the Richard C. Shiel Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a Butler student who is in need of financial assistance and currently or previously enrolled in an Indianapolis-area high school.

Shiel Sexton is a long-time partner of Butler, having constructed or renovated over a dozen facilities in the past 15 years including the Richard M. Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall and the Health & Recreation Center. Currently, the firm is constructing the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, which is scheduled to open in fall 2013.

“We greatly appreciate Shiel Sexton’s loyalty and generosity to Butler University,” said President James Danko. “Making a Butler education affordable to all students is of great importance to us, and I thank Shiel Sexton and its leadership for supporting our efforts.”

A graduate of Butler’s then College of Business Administration (now known as the College of Business), and veteran of World War II, Richard Shiel believed in the value of education and the opportunities it can provide. When he co-founded Shiel Sexton in 1962, he interweaved this belief into a company culture of giving back to the community in ways that make a lasting impact.

“This scholarship is a result of our firm’s core values in action,” said Mike Dilts, Shiel Sexton president and CEO. “We believe education is the foundation for the success of future generations and, therefore, our communities. Shiel Sexton is committed to helping build that foundation.”

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