Tyler Butterfield, a sophomore accounting major from Norfolk, Nebraska, experienced a few firsts so far in his short time at the School of Accountancy. He became the first member of his immediate family on track to earn a college degree; he fulfilled one of his childhood dreams by earning a spot in the Cornhusker Marching Band; and, this summer, he became the first recipient of the Ronald James Rotherham Scholarship.
The scholarship grants $4,100 in tuition assistance annually to a student enrolled in accounting, economics or finance. Students from Holt, Antelope, Madison and Lancaster, where the Rotherham family has roots, receive first award preference.
“I greatly appreciate being awarded the Rotherham Scholarship. It’s an honor and it helps with the expenses of going to college. I am grateful to the family and those who selected me," said Butterfield.
Butterfield explained he chose Nebraska because of his love for the Huskers and wanted to continue playing trumpet in the band, which he started in fifth grade. He also believes the School of Accountancy is a great fit for his career aspirations.
“The faculty are great and want you to succeed. They do more than just show up for class. The professors help students outside class, and it’s really important with accounting because it gets a lot harder as you go along. You need someone to guide you through,” he said.
Besides marching band, Butterfield is in pep band, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and both the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.
He plans to gain experience as an accountant in Norfolk before seeking out a job in public accounting.