Introducing Mr.Christopher Butts
Christopher Butts is a native of Riverhead, Long Island. He graduated in 2005 and matriculated to Rome, Georgia after the death of his brother. He was granted an opportunity to teach lacrosse and felt that was the change he needed in his life. Once the season was over, he transitioned to Atlanta, because he felt it coincided with his energetic and outing personality. At the age of thirty-three, Christopher has managed to obtain an undergraduate degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Leadership. He is a special needs teacher in Fulton County and a proud member of Mount Paran Church of God, where her serves as a youth mentor for the special need’s family ministry. Having a background in coaching lacrosse and education, it put Chris in a position to contribute to the lives of high school seniors. After the death of his brother Calvin Butts in 2009, his family started a scholarship fund in his honor. They have given out over fifty scholarships in New York and recently expanded to Atlanta in 2019, where they have raised over 10K and have given out more than eight scholarships nationwide. Christopher mission is to continue helping and connecting people, and improving the lives of those around him through education and leadership.
CFO MISSION STATEMENT
To advocate for high school seniors who have applied wisdom through enduring real life adversity and hardships.
Ceo Quote ~ There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
I have been so pleasantly surprised in winning this scholarship! It was pretty exciting receiving the cool t-shirts in the mail and I was even more surprised when I found out I had actually won! Everyone involved has been super welcoming and encouraging and the video announcement of the winners was especially nice to watch. Winning this scholarship means that paying for college is less of a burden, and I would definitely recommend this scholarship because it simultaneously honors someone’s legacy and promotes community involvement. - Alaina Brock (North Carolina State A&T)
"My name is Karina Hernandez and I am a 2020 Calvin Butts Memorial Scholarship Recipient. The scholarship sign up info was presented to me as an ad on Instagram and I remember swiping passed it thinking it was a scam, and 5 seconds later swiping back to it just to check it out. I ended up filling out the form because it asked for minimal personal information. Just like the ad said, the form was super easy to fill out and was very much unlike most scholarships I’ve applied for that require lengthy essays, transcripts, recommendation letters, etc. This one simply asked for a few words as to how the pandemic has affected our senior year and what we have taken from it. I couldn’t fit all that I had to say into a few words; I took the risk in writing 2 entire paragraphs knowing I could possibly be turned down just for not following directions. Apparently that was not an issue at all. 2 weeks later, I was shocked to receive an email from the organization saying that I was chosen to speak on behalf of the Class of 2020 in the virtual commencement ceremony they put together. On a side note, despite a few technical difficulties, the ceremony was such an amazing idea and the speeches given were super inspiring. Anyways, I was invited to a Zoom call with 3 other “student speakers” while they displayed us on the LIVE IG ceremony and made the announcement that we are the scholarship winners. I love surprises and I have to say that this one is definitely one of the best ones. I am so extremely grateful to have received this scholarship and live in the name of Calvin. I would also like to mention that this organization is not doing what they do for attention, they are doing it because they truly care about giving back to their community. In a world that seems so full of hate and cold hearted people, it brings me joy to cross paths with such genuine, kind-hearted people like the ones running this organization. 1000/10 recommend. They deserve all the positivity this world has to offer. Huge thank you to everyone who donated to the scholarship funds as well. 🏽 everyone stay safe." - Karina Hernandez (Florida International University)
A Dream Does Not Become Reality Through Magic ; It Takes Sweat Determination , and Hard Work.