Howerton Family Endowment

To support outstanding students studying computer science, computer information systems, social work, or sociology. Paul W. Howerton was recognized both nationally and internationally as an authority in systems design and applications, as well as an educator. In addition to degrees from Northwestern University in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Linguistics, Dr. Howerton held certificates in Hindi from the University of Calcutta, India and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the American University, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Howerton was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit for outstanding service to the Central Intelligence Agency where he “pioneered work in the field of translation of languages by machine and contributed greatly to the Agency’s efforts in the fields of linguistic analysis, publications procurement, and the organization and control of information for its most effective use.” His career also included work with the United States General Accounting Office, the Civil Service Commission, the FBI and National Police Academies, the Naval Security Group Command, and the U.S. Marine Corps, as an information management consultant. He lectured extensively on the computer and its associated technologies. Helen served as Division Director at the Administration for Children & Families, a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Her extraordinary insight into where research gaps existed and how to fill them led to the first systematic examination of informal low-income childcare. In addition, her leadership skills in strategic planning influenced both research and program practice in the child welfare field. The resulting performance plans for ACF were acknowledged to be quite outstanding. The outcomes were vital tools used to help move state and local programs away from the process toward a stronger focus on better outcomes for children and families. Her contribution to the child welfare field is remarkable and of lasting importance.

• Be meeting the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and cannot be in default or owe any refund/repayment of federal, state or institutional aid.
• Be a junior or senior
• Have a minimum GPA of at least 3.0
• Be an outstanding Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Social Work or Sociology major
• Have financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA or CASFA) and the Metropolitan State University of Denver Scholarship Center.
• Students must complete the University Scholarship application.

The committee has the flexibility to narrow the application pool by raising the GPA if needed.