Ryan Martin Carter '13 has been named a 2012 Truman Scholar. He is one of 54 exceptional college juniors in the United States and one of only two from Virginia to be chosen for this honor.
Ryan is majoring in economics and commerce. With a passion for education, he has worked with the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University and participated in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, DC. He also founded the Hampden-Sydney branch of Visible Men, a non-profit organization that mentors black male students.
A Davis Scholar, Ryan serves at Hampden-Sydney as a Head Resident Advisor, as a Peer Mentor, and as Captain of the varsity baseball team where he plays catcher and outfield. He is a member of the Society of '91 (leadership program), the national honor societies Phi Beta Kappa (academics) and Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), and was selected for Who's Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges. Ryan has received the Sophomore Academic Excellence Award, the President's Award for Scholarship and Character, the Samuel S. Jones Phi Beta Kappa Award, and the All-ODAC All-Academic Award. A graduate of Thomas Dale High School, Ryan is the son of Russ and Brenda Carter of Chester.
The 54 new Truman Scholars were selected from among 587 candidates nominated by 292 colleges and universities. They were chosen by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of their academic and leadership accomplishments and their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the non-profit sector. There have been 2,844 Truman Scholars selected since the first awards were made in 1977.