Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.
Rating: 4.98 stars 41 41 reviews 3,728
305 W Chesapeake Ave Suite 310 Towson MD 21204 USA
The goal of the Carson Scholars Fund is to address the problem of academic underachievement by motivating young people to strive for academic excellence and to use their intellectual and leadership skills to contribute to society. 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.
The scholarship program started in 1996 with 25 scholars in 3 states. Today, we have over 6,700 scholars in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2000, the Ben Carson Reading Project has established over 155 Reading Rooms in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
Geographic areas served:
United States of America
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 150 reading rooms in 21 states and Washington, D.C. The Ben Carson Reading Rooms provide a safe haven for students to discover the joy of independent reading.
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What an awesome foundation to work with! My school was a recipient of a Ben Carson Reading Room. The students just love coming and reading in that room. Dr. Carson's dream to create a love for reading has truly come to fruition at our school. The excitement and anticipation the students have about this room is amazing. The people at Ben Carson are as amazing as Dr. Carson to work with. I've had the pleasure of working with them as we created the reading room. Carson Scholars is such a noble cause to give to and this foundation has an awesome mission and love for children.
I read three of Dr. Carson's books so I know about his Carson Scholars. This is such a noble cause.
The vision to awaken motivation and curiosity to being a successful student was the gift that the Carson Scholar program keeps on giving! Uplifting academic success to athletic success brilliant!
Have great respect for Dr. and Candy Carson! That set a wonderful example and are fabulous mentors!
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As the parent of a Carson Scholar who was first recognized in 5th grade and recognized with renewed status annually, I can attest to the impact this organization has on young achievers. My daughter sees herself as a scholar and views her goals as every bit as attainable as the accomplishments of the distinguished speakers and role models she has met and heard at Carson Scholar Banquets.
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I have been working with the Carson Scholars Fund since 2011 when the middle school in which I teach, was awarded funds to create a Carson Reading Room. Working with the staff at the Carson Scholar Fund to create the room and present it to the students was a very delightful and rewarding experience. The students at my school LOVE the variety of books in the reading room and frequently ask their teachers for passes to go to the room. The grant we received from the organization also allows us to purchase incentives for our students that help motivate the more reluctant readers to enjoy a book. Finally, I attend the Carson Reading Room conference every fall where I gain valuable insight on the latest and greatest books to purchase for the reading room and even the library at my school. At the conference we get a chance to talk to other reading room coordinators and share ideas. We are also treated to a fantastic dinner!
I received the Carson Scholarship in 2010, and still think about it all the time. It felt great to be recognized for my achievements in school and in the community and it serves as motivation for me to continue to excel now in my job as an engineer. At the scholar banquet, I was amazed by all of the talented students also receiving awards. The scholarship is not just about the monetary reward and the medal, but the honor and pride that comes with it.
I have been working with the Carson Scholars Fund for just over a year now and I cannot express completely how happy I am to be involved with this foundation. I have had the honor to have a reading room bestowed upon my campus. The entire process of creating this warm and nurturing room was very smooth and comprehensive. My students really enjoy reading in their new room and this could not have been made possible without the help and support of the Carson Scholars Fund.
The local and national chapter of the Carson Scholar fund were extremely helpful in establishing a Carson Reading Room at our school. Not only did the organization raise the funds for the development of the room, but they also gave step by step instructions on how to create a team to develop the room, guidelines on the purchase of books, and ideas for decorating the room. They were very supportive in assisting us with our opening day ceremony and provide input on how to best utilize the reading room. This is a great team to work with and our students will greatly benefit from this valuable resource.
The Carson Scholar Fund has been a wonderful organization to work with. We have worked together to create a wonderful reading room where the students at my school can go to read. The environment in the room is warm and welcoming. The Carson Scholar Fund has provided support and resources throughout the entire process of planning, creating, and opening our reading room. Our reading room is fully stocked with many books and magazines. I look forward to a long relationship with the Carson Scholar organization.