Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. Overview
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Target demographics: Carson Scholarships are awarded to United States students grades 4-11. Reading Rooms are predominantly built in elementary schools, across the country.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We award scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who maintain a 3.75 GPA and are involved in community service. Our Reading Rooms build libraries in schools that otherwise may not have funding for a library or a full-time librarian. 85% of Ben Carson Reading Rooms are in Title I schools.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Process 150 applications
Read 25 student essays
Check in with 60 schools
Geographic areas served: United States of America
Programs: The Carson Scholars Fund offers scholar awards to students as early as the fourth grade. Awards are based on academic achievement and humanitarianism, regardless of financial need. Carson Scholars are honored at an annual awards banquet, where they receive personalized medals, certificates, peer recognition, and a large trophy for their school, which lists names of the award winners.
In addition to providing scholarships, the Carson Scholars Fund has established over 55 Reading Rooms in 7 states. The Reading Rooms provide a safe haven for students to discover the joy of independent reading.
The objective of the Ben Carson Reading Project is to enhance existing curricula/practices and to give a school an opportunity to create an environment to engage children in independent reading and to help them develop a love for reading at an early age.