David J. Carter was an employee of the Homewood Children's Village, working as a coordinator in the Office of Research and Evaluation. He attended Wilkinsburg High School and graduated as the class valedictorian. His dream of becoming an aerospace engineer led him to study mechanical and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with honors. Before coming to the Village, David worked as a design engineer developing flight simulators for the US National Guard. Although he found the work fulfilling, he felt his talents could be used to drive a goal that was far more important to him. David strongly aligned with the Village concept. He believed that people are tremendously social creatures and thrive when enveloped in the support of a healthy community. He sought to use his background in engineering, science, and math to support our mission to strengthen Homewood and catalyze its transformation into one of the region’s most venerable neighborhoods.
David was a natural student from a young age, and was passionate about education and serving others throughout his life. His curiosity for learning kept him busy while in high school - he performed in his school's production of The Whiz, played trumpet in band, cheered, and participated in numerous robotics competitions and college-level classes. His own passion for learning influenced those around him as he supported others in pursuing their own goals and learning, often helping them to be able to succeed on their own. Additionally, he was self-taught in many creative pursuits such as drawing and playing guitar.
The David J. Carter Memorial Scholarship was created to honor David's many passions and greater purpose for serving others. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who will carry on the light and brilliance David shared with us.