March 23, 2011
Ryan Carter '13, a Davis Fellow, is one of twelve college sophomores nationally who have been selected to particpate in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, the nation's most competitive leadership program for high-achieving African-American male college students. The students will participate in the Institute during the summers of 2011 and 2012.
The scholars will live together on a college campus in Washington, D.C., work at high-level internships, take challenging courses in government and economics, and meet with influential leaders. Last year, Institute scholars met with General Colin L. Powell, Congressman John Lewis, Justice Clarence Thomas, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Kauffman Foundation president Carl Schramm, and the top African American male members of President Barack Obama's White House staff. Powell, Lewis and Thomas have met with Institute scholars every year, with the visits typically lasting several hours. This year's cohort will enjoy the same activities that scholars have attended in the past.
Over the last eight years, the Institute has served 100 of the best and brightest young men in the country. The alumni include one Rhodes Scholar, three Rhodes finalists, three Truman Scholars, several Phi Beta Kappa Scholars, and the valedictorians and student body presidents at several colleges and universities across the United States. The class Keyes announced today includes young men who are interested in the fields of medicine, law, education, business, the ministry, diplomacy, public policy and engineering.
Ryan Carter is a double-major in economics and psychology. He is a member of the baseball team and maintains a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average. Ryan is a peer mentor to first-year college students, a tutor in the Writing Center, and is the head resident advisor to all freshmen. Last summer, he served as a residence counselor for middle and high school students at the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute in Princeton, NJ. He aspires to a career in business. Ryan is from Chester, VA.