Shout Out: Craig Butler, Fenwick Student Who Received Full Scholarship To College Fenwick High School senior Craig Butler, 17, of Bellwood, was recently named a 2020 Posse Foundation Scholar, providing him with a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Posse Foundation, which gives scholarships to students in Chicago and nine other metro areas in the U.S., chooses students with great.
potential who could be missed during elite schools’ admissions processes. Scholars attend college in multicultural groups of 10, forming their own “posse.” Butler, who’s taken part in a number of extracurriculars and is a member of the National Honor Society and Black Student Union, answered a few questions for the Oak Leaves by email.
Q: How did it feel to receive the news about the scholarship? What does it mean to you?
A: From the first round interview until the last, I had the opportunity to meet some of the brightest high school students in the Chicago area, while also having the opportunity to learn more about the Posse scholarship. … After I received the call that I had received the scholarship after my last interview, I felt as though it was a dream. Having the chance to be part of this both inclusive and supportive community is simply amazing. Now that I am a Posse Scholar, I will have a limitless amount of opportunities to not only excel in my future career but also build great relationships with both the staff and the other high school students part of my Posse.
Q: Why does Wisconsin appeal to you? What do you plan to study?
A: For the next four years of my life, I plan to study Industrial engineering and join extracurricular activities that will assist me in excelling in my future career. By attending this school, my urge to explore the unknown will be fulfilled. If I’m doing research at one of the many state-of-the-art labs, taking advantage of internships, or joining a club that prides itself on new ideas, I will use the resources at my disposal to change the world and become an enthusiastic Badger. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I will be more than just a number. I will be part of the huge Badger family that wants to help me exceed my career goals and aspirations.
Q: Reflecting on your time at Fenwick, how would you describe your experience there? Shout Out: Craig Butler, Fenwick Student Who Received Full Scholarship To College
A: As a senior at Fenwick High School, I have become embedded into the Fenwick community and amazed by the high honor that comes with being part of this community. … One of the proudest moments that I enjoyed at Fenwick was helping underclassmen who are struggling with Spanish. During both my sophomore and junior year, every Tuesday morning at Friar Mentors, I was always the first one to take a freshman who needs help with Spanish, and we constantly went over things such as vocabulary and conjugated verbs. Since I know how it feels to not have many friends as a freshman in a new school, I continually.
say “What’s up?” or “How the Spanish test go?” when I see the freshmen that I tutored in the hallway. Now that I am an upperclassman, I believe that I have a responsibility to help the freshmen feel more comfortable being at a new school, and I feel as though something as simple as a wave of the hand can go a long way in helping someone feel accepted. I believe that Fenwick has helped me become a well-rounded person and has prepared me to excel both academically and socially at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From the faculty to the students, the Fenwick community is comprised of the most caring people who want to see each other succeed no matter who you are or where you come from.