Carter Gale

University of Pennsylvania

Carter Gale, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated exceptional strength of character, leadership, and a deep determination to improve Penn's local West Philadelphia community. Carter has served as a college access and career readiness mentor for 3 years, working closely with high school students in an effort to improve educational attainment and access to post-secondary education. In summer 2017, Carter participated in the Netter Center for Community Partnerships' Penn Program for Public Service (PPPS) summer internship, during which he engaged K-12 West Philadelphia students in sports, fitness, and health-related activities. Additionally, he researched the issue of litter surrounding school recreational areas and proposed the creation of a sustainable model that would collaborate with and deeply engage the students of that school, empowering them to become agents of change in their local community. He has continued to inspire the youth with whom he works, as well as his peers at Penn, as a passionate advocate of civic and community engagement. Carter has shown a serious and sustained commitment to improving both the Penn community and Philadelphia community at large through his impressive work on educational access and inequality, university-community partnerships, and undergraduate engagement in West Philadelphia schools.

Dr. Amy Gutmann
University of Pennsylvania

Personal Statement

As a youth, I derived joy and satisfaction from community service through participating in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America. But my passion for producing meaningful change in communities emerged while in university. By participating in the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center and at the High School of the Future, I developed a deep interest in education and in the fundamental role of schools in transforming their neighborhoods and their students. At Netter I was with GEAR UP, a program focused on mentoring students and creating a college positive attitude, and with an evaluation team where I spearheaded a project focused on evaluating college access and career readiness. In addition, my work in West Philadelphia focused my attention on the inequities within the system of education, and how this is the area where I believe I can make the most meaningful impact for good. Specifically, I want to work on projects that seek to holistically improve underserved schools and create an environment where any student can succeed regardless of where they live.

Carter Gale
Political Science: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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