Student: Gregory Foster
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Classification/Major: Junior, History
Gregory Foster named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar
Gregory is a senior studying history at Bowie State University. Because of his passion for history, he plans to become a museum curator, historian and researcher after graduating. He is currently a docent at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He has also volunteered at two museums as a contributor to research projects related to Maryland history.
Gregory has extensive community volunteer experience. For the past 13 years, he has distributed Christmas gifts to families in need with the Salvation Army’s annual Project Angel Tree program.
He is a master puppeteer with his church’s puppet ministry, which performs at nursing homes and community events. He is also an equestrian. For the last 10 years, he has volunteered with the Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services that provides free horse-riding lessons to people with disabilities.
At Bowie State, he is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society for Leadership and Success and Lighthouse Campus Ministries.
He says that Jesus Christ is the most influential person in his life and is the source of his success. His parents are also a great influence on him. He calls his mother his primary educator. His father not only raised him to be a courageous young man, but also inspired him to pursue a career in history.
Gregory developed a saying that has become part of his identity: “With every choice in life, there is always a sacrifice, but in order to achieve you must work hard to succeed.”