Malcolm Clyburn graduated from Morehouse College in 2013 with a major in International Relations and a minor in Public Health. Malcolm will be headed to Mozambique for Peace Corps. When he returns to the U.S., he hopes to continue his education through graduate studies.
Cherrelle graduated in the fall of 2010 from North Carolina A&T State University. After graduation, she was hired as a Career & Technical Education teacher in Wake County, NC. 2 years later, Cherrelle assisted in piloting the first public all-girls leadership academy known as the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Raleigh, NC.
“I can truly say that I may not have had the relentlessness and perseverance that I have today, if it were not for GapBuster, Inc. and Dr. Butler’s continuous support…I also hope that the young leaders are certainly leading by the examples and footsteps that have been placed before them.”
Jessica graduated from Montgomery Blair High School and is attending UMD: College Park as part of the Gemstones honor program
Kelly Ferguson received her white coat from Howard University in 2013. Kelly was involved with GapBuster since the sixth grade. What Kelly says about her time with GapBuster:
Dr. Butler has been a family friend of ours foryears so I’ve known about GapBuster, Inc. since Dr. Butler first had the idea to start it. I’ve had the privilege to watch the program grow out of her home to all that it is today. I was a part of GapBuster, Inc. from 7th gradeuntil I graduated from high school. GapBuster, Inc. and Dr. Butler impacted my
life in a major way. GapBuster, Inc. helped developed my professional skills and
networking abilities. It instilled in me the importance of community and giving back to
others. The program exposed me to places and people that I would have never
experienced otherwise. When I made the decision to pursue medical school, Dr. Butler
was a mentor and advisor to me, and helped me get to where I am today. My biggest
contribution to GapBuster, Inc. now could be mentorship to students
“GapBuster has impacted my life because it has fostered my leadership skills, shown me examples of the true meaning of community service, and provided a nurturing environment for growth and development. GapBuster has instilled within me the confidence to strive for excellence and achieve my goals. I truly believe my experiences with GapBuster have helped me become the first physician in my family.”
Korie graduated from Howard University in 2012 and works for the the Smithsonian Museums! She specializes in video content and production.
“With my degrees, I hope to change the way the Criminal Justice system functions; especially relating to adolescents. I strongly believe that at times the system creates delinquent juveniles instead of reducing the number of delinquent juveniles. It is time to change the system from functioning reactively rather than proactively.”
“I would to thank my GapBuster family for investing in my future by believing in me. I received my passport for the future the day I became a member of GapBuster and as you can see, I am still on an extraordinary journey. I can honestly testify that GBLC contributed to my success in college and I encourage all of GBLC’s members to take advantage of the program; and it you are not a member, I strongly recommend that you become a member
“I was first introduced to GapBuster in 2009 when I went on a California college tour that GapBuster hosted. GapBuster students and Dr. Butler quickly felt like family to me and I remained involved and went on their annual Southern college tour in 2010. We visited Spelman College on this college tour and as soon as we toured the campus, I knew that was where I wanted to go to school. This was during my Senior year in high school and also a couple weeks before the early application was due so I immediately applied to Spelman once I got home. I am now a Junior at Spelman College, and I believe this is the absolute best school for me. If it wasn’t for GapBuster, I would not be at Spelman and I probably would not have understood the importance of finding the school that is right for me. This is just one example of the many ways GapBuster impacted me, including leadership building, and I appreciate GapBuster and all of the opportunity, preparation, and teaching it gives to students. Dr. Butler remains a mentor and supporter to me and I appreciate her presence in my life, and all the other students involved with GapBuster.”
GapBuster encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and travel not only to Atlanta for school, but to countries all over the world like Ghana, Tanzania, and China. GapBuster prepared me for my college80996a5f-3a35-4210-86a9-5b69c3b6bc6a career and motivated me to take advantage of all the opportunities I come across, no matter how big. I am now a Peace Corps volunteer and will begin my service in Ethiopia in the beginning of 2016. Dr. Butler has been a huge supporter in my college journey and now with Peace Corps and I have a lot of my success to owe to her and GapBuster. I always encourage young people that I come into contact with to become a part of GapBuster because I know how beneficial it was and is to me. I no longer live in Maryland but I always want to contribute to GapBuster in whatever ways I can. I still consider it a big part of my life and I want to stay engaged with events and students of GapBuster for a very long time!
Sayi obtained her bachelors degree in Bachelors of Science in Physiology & Neurobiology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 and is applying to medical school will matriculate in 2015.
“The education, experiences, and mentorship I received from GapBuster have given me the confidence to pursue a career in medicine. Thank y
ou showing me my own potential — I know I will be an effective physician by what I’ve learned about leadership and the importance of serving your community.”
I heard about GapBuster at Montgomery Blair high school during a fair. I was part of GapBuster for 2 years. GapBuster impacted my life in that I was able to not only tour colleges but I was able to give back to the community by feeding the homeless. I can contribute to GapBuster by spreading the word about this organization and motivating today’s youth to be the best they can be. Currently, I am a junior at Salisbury University majoring in Nursing.
Camille Meeks is a graduate of Trinity Washington University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs with minors in Spanish and in Sociology. Ms. Meeks graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.89 GPA) and has been inducted into several honor societies as a result of her outstanding academic performance. These include: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, and Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies.
“So many wonderful things to be grateful for, and through it all GapBuster has been there as a motivational force encouraging me to continue no matter the challenges.”