Michael J. Carter founded Strive for College while a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis where he received a full-tuition merit scholarship as an Annika Rodriguez Scholar. While there, Michael taught at-risk middle school youth, ran Strive for College, interned at Google and a venture capital firm, and conducted public policy research and analysis at American Enterprise Institute. During these years, he also studied at Oxford University in England, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and wrote his senior honors thesis on a history of admissions to elite universities in the U.S. and UK. Michael graduated cum laude in 2010.
His work with Strive has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, TIME, Education Week, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has spoken on various panels, including at the Brookings Institution and Chicago Ideas Week. Michael was named a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2012 Bluhm Helfand Social Innovation Fellow, a 2013 CNN Hero, Forbes 30 Under 30, and one of The Gentry Top 50 Philanthropists, a list which also included Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison.
Michael is also the Founder of UStrive Inc., an innovative virtual mentoring technology platform. Michael is active in investing in and advising emerging technology companies in Silicon Valley.