Gaston grad to pursue MBA at Harvard

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Kevin Ferguson continues to broaden his horizons.

The 2008 Gaston High School graduate will pursue an MBA this fall in Boston, Mass., at the Harvard School of Business. The school accepts only 11 percent of its applicants each year and currently is ranked as the top business school both in the United States and abroad. Ferguson was also accepted into the business schools at Duke, Cornell and Yale universities. He currently works as an electrical engineer at BP and Chevron Corporation in Dallas, Tex.

Ferguson, who was class salutatorian and president at Gaston, graduated summa cum laude from Alabama A&M University in 2012 with a degree in electrical engineering. While at A&M, he was a member of the Dean’s List Honor Roll; was a President’s Cup recipient; voted 2011 Most Outstanding Male Student; was named the 2012 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. College Brother of the Year; and was featured in 2012 issue of Source Magazine as a Historical Black College & University Leader. He was also voted the university’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014.

In 2013, Ferguson cofounded the Ferguson & Son Scholarship Fund for Gadsden-area students.

“I believe investing in human capital is a community’s greatest opportunity for long-term success,” he said. “Since our inception, we have awarded numerous scholarships to deserving students and provided children in the Gadsden community exposure to career in engineering and technology.”

In 2014, Ferguson was among 60 college graduates selected out of 1,000-plus students to participate in Yale University’s Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program.

“This program served as the light bulb moment for me,” said Ferguson. “I realized that responsible enterprises and corporations have the ability to change the world. When I left the program, my law school dreams faded and I became infatuated with business.”

Last year, Ferguson gave back to his alma mater by helping finance a new gym floor at Gaston. A section of the new floor bears an oversized version of Ferguson’s signature.

“I really feel like I found myself at Gaston,” he said.  “I feel that the faculty and coaches and teachers invested in me, so I feel like I’ll always be indebted to the school. I feel that if God has blessed you, it’s your responsibility to reach back and help others.”

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