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Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation

Khadijah Butler

Side Hustler

I Am A

Sicklerville, NJ

By day, Khadijah advances the field of health through clinical research as a Project Data Manager, and by night, she tackles community wellness in Philadelphia through her nonprofit, the Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation. Khadijah is also an author of three published books, with a passion for empowering future black scholars with the necessary tools, resources, and access to education. She has been described as a Community Violence Disruptor, an Around the Way Girl, and affectionately known as the 'Ultimate Trap Queen – Double Entendre.'

The Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation, in memory of her father, Craig D. Butler, who was tragically murdered in 1999, awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to African American high school seniors in Pennsylvania. The foundation's key programs include Education, aimed at bridging the education gap for minority, low-income students and mitigating the school-to-prison pipeline; Violence Interruption, which redirects youth focus from gun violence to education and vending at anti-violence resource events; and Community Wellness, offering scholarship workshops to parents of low-income students. Khadijah has transformed her father’s tragedy into a source of triumph, creating value and opportunities in her community that provide a pathway to higher education.

Rick Ross, a figure of relentless perseverance and success, is one of Khadijah's favorite inspirations. Ross’s approach to empowering others to hustle and his philanthropic efforts inspire Khadijah to strive for greatness and spread opportunities within her own community.

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