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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

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.

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 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.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. (CSF) has two programs: its well-known Scholarship Program and its currently somewhat lesser known, but equally important, Reading Room Program. The former awards $1,000 college scholarships on a merit basis only (minimum 3.75 GPA, a record of community service, and a teacher's recommendation) to students in grades 4-11. Nominated students must submit a robust written application, including a mandatory essay, to CSF which is diligently reviewed by an impartial panel of volunteer judges(believe me, I know--I am one!). This Program exists in all fifty States and the District of Columbia.

The Reading Room Program's primary purpose is to provide funding and support to local schools so that they can create a nurturing environment for children to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills. This Program is dedicated to combating illiteracy and promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking the potential of ALL the children in each school in which a Reading Room is created, then maintained. This Program exists in a number of States and its goal is to become national in scope, too.

I have served as a volunteer, in both Programs, for approximately two years. Readers of this review can be confident that: both Programs are effective; CSF itself is efficient(for example, it operates with a small, but highly competent, paid staff); and, importantly, CSF is transparent. I unhesitatingly encourage you to learn more about CSF by going to its website: www.carsonscholars.org

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the stories I read, and I love Dr. Carson's thinking. I've listened to his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this year, and am currently reading 'America the Beautiful'.

With 12 grandchildren of my own, I'm honored to contribute to something I believe in. I believe in our children and their ability to rise to the challenge if we simply provide the example and then give them the opportunity to shine. I don't know if any of my grand babies will be a Carson scholar, but I know this is not a 'fuzzy' achievement. I would be very happy to see everyone of them set their sights on academic and community excellence. To all you scholars out there, congratulations!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is truly honored to be a
5 time Carson Scholar. I think it's very important to recognize our children for all of the hard work and effort they put into their work. The Carson Scholars gives them the opportunity to shine and get recognized for their efforts both in and out of school. The staff is also very friendly and dies an awesome job with the rewards banquet and making our kids feel special.

1 Traci B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was chosen as a Carson Scholar in her junior year. It is so nice to see students rewarded for their academic successes and community involvement. Lots of times, accolades are given only to athletes, Carson Scholars allows students whose talents lie in other areas, to be celebrated (and motivated). The awards ceremonies are very nice and I look forward to following Dr. Carson's continued successes. I am proud to say I am a parent of a Carson Scholar!!

2 Gina R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter is in 5th grade and received a scholarship. I believe that recognizing students at this young age really helps to inspire them to keep work hard at acheiving their dreams and give back to the community. The banquet where she was recognized and moved by Dr. Carson's talk was an experience she will always remember.