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Congratulations to ThanksUSA scholars Karen and Brittany Butler! This mother/daughter duo each earned degrees from Valdosta State University and proudly walked the stage together. Karen says, “It was a great moment in my life to share something so special with my daughter!”


karen and brittany grad 2013

Karen, spouse of MSGT Kevin Butler, USAF RET, has received consecutive ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $6,000 for her undergraduate studies at Valdosta State University.  Karen received a KPMG LLC/ThanksUSA scholarship in 2011 and an EADS/Senator Ted Stevens Memorial scholarship through ThanksUSA in 2012.

She recently completed her Associates of Art in Business Administration and will continue her studies to earn her BA in Accounting with certification in both Healthcare Administration and Human Resources.

Kevin and Karen’s daughter, Brittany, also received $6,000 in ThanksUSA scholarships for her Biology major at Valdosta State.  She received a Blavatnik Family Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship in 2010 and an EMC Corp/Senator Ted Stevens Memorial scholarship through ThanksUSA in 2011.

This May, Brittany graduated from the Valdosta State University Honors College. She received Summa Cum Laude honors and earned her BA in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

ThanksUSA is proud to support our deserving military families and we hope you will join us in congratulating both Brittany and Karen on a job well done – Way to go ladies!!


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Air Force dependent Brittany Butler has always been drawn to the sciences. During high school, she was inspired to pursue a biology major by her AP Biology teacher. Now in her junior year of studies at Valdosta State University, Brittany is busy conducting research,  volunteering, and planning a trip abroad.

Brittany was the recipient of a $3000 Blavatnik Family Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship during the 2010/2011 academic year. I asked Brittany to share her enthusiasm for biology with ThanksUSA supporters and potential science students:


“This past year, I did research with a wonderful professor and other students on metal accumulation through the diet in the sea urchin species Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. This research is a way for me to get my foot in the door and a way for me to get an idea of what kinds of research I could possibly take part in. As far as my research interests, I am intrigued by anything that involves marine science which is why I am planning on working with another professor in the fall studying inland waters. My core reason for wanting to study in Fiji for the fall of 2012 is so that I can take more courses geared toward Marine Biology and hopefully even take part in some research while I am a student over there!

This field will never let you down; there is always excitement and intrigue around every corner no matter what you decide to do in this field. Of course there will be plenty of long nights at the library studying, but it will all be worth it. In order to get more hands on experience and knowledge, I encourage students to join a science club or take part in research with their professors because these will definitely pay off. One last bit of advice I have is just do what you love; don’t settle on something based off of its pay or the way the economy is because if you love what you do then you never have to work a day in your life.”

Even though Brittany maintains a perfect GPA, she still finds time to participate in extra-curricular activities. In the past year, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and named secretary for VSU’s Table Tennis Club. She regularly volunteers at the local humane society and at the Moody AFB Thrift Shop.

Brittany’s father, MSGT Kevin Butler, USAF RET, served as a forward air controller for twenty-one years. Brittany’s military upbringing taught her to embrace change, an important trait for an inquisitive, globe-trotting marine biologist. She explains, “Being a military brat has taught me quite a lot, but the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t be afraid of change.  When you are a part of a military family you are separated from loved ones constantly and at other times you are moving from state to state every couple of years, so change happens often.  It is because of this lesson I am so eager to travel across the globe in order to study more about my major; I have learned that even though change can seem scary taking that risk will pay off in the end.”

“Receiving the ThanksUSA Scholarship made it a whole lot easier to focus on my education rather than worry about having to find the funds necessary to continue studying at VSU. Think about it, without this scholarship I may not have been able to take part in the research that will land me in a science journal or discover my interest in studying abroad for a semester. Thanks to this scholarship my interests and curiosities about research and Marine Biology have been able to blossom so that I now have a better idea of what I want to do in the future.”

By joining our texting campaign, you can help a student like Brittany with as little as $10. Simply text THANKSUSA to 85944 to make your $10 donation today. Then, spread the word through Twitter and Facebook. Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30th.  If texting just isn’t for you, click this link for additional methods of making your tax-deductible donation today.  THANK YOU!

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