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Charles Anthony Potter is the founder of Developing Future Scholars Inc. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Southern Illinois University. He was the first African American to repair financial systems for National Cash Register in St. Louis.

 In 1981, Potter moved to Houston and built a multi-million-dollar agency for American National Insurance Company. In 1990 he saw a need to help youth succeed in the college-application and financial-aid process. Potter gave up his career to launch Developing Future Scholars Inc., a non-profit organization. Since its inception, DFS has helped thousands of parents and students secure college funding. These students have received more than $60 million dollars in financial assistance.

 Mr. Potter’s commitment to the community has been acknowledged in many ways, including receiving the Jefferson Award, and an award from the Knights of Columbus. He is also a volunteer speaker for the Houston Area Urban League; he has served as the Education Thread Co-Chair of the Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative and is a member of the Entrepreneur’s Network, the Association of Black School Educators and the Rice University Nominator’s Circle. He is a past president of the Braes Bayou Rotary Club of Houston, and a published author. Mr. Potter has been happily married for 30 years, is the father of 5, and has 9 grandchildren.

Charles Anthony Potter

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