Board of Directors


Founder, President & CEO, Strive for College


Michael Carter founded Strive for College while a freshman at Washington University 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, Education Week, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has spoken on various panels, including at the Brookings Institution and as a featured speaker at the Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Michael was named a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2012 Bluhm Helfand Social Innovation Fellow and a 2013 CNN Hero.

Michael strives for a day when college students across the country mobilize to ensure that all qualified, underserved high school students who have earned the right to go to college make it there, and achieve their dreams.