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Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

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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 7,100 scholars in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2000, the Ben Carson Reading Project has established over 170 Reading Rooms in 22 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 170 reading rooms in 22 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

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having had my niece recently recognized as a 2018 Carson Scholar, I have been compelled to read more and more about the organization and what it stands for. What a tremendous gift that has been made available to student's 4th through 11th grades across this country. Students are being recognized for not only their academic excellence in a world that places so much emphasis on sports, but they are being recognized for humanitarian contributions that speak with more actions than words, but resonate with in our communities. Seeing the humanitarian efforts performed by these students being recognized, brings awareness to many needs that people tend to turn a blind eye to. The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. inspires students to Dream Big, set their sites and shoot for the stars. It encourages students to "Think Big", be the nerd in the school. The qualities that Carson Scholars exude should send out a very loud and clear message that there is great hope in the next generations that will, one day be our countries leaders. I for one after watching my niece receive her award, and reading about the accomplishments of those recognized, am encouraged by what our country has to look forward to! Thank you to the Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. for being the type of organization that promotes learning and humanitarianism. It is welcomed and refreshing!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Carson Scholarship was always a part of the schools in which I worked as a counselor and an administrator in Anne Arundel County, MD.
I now sponsor a scholarship at my grandson's elementary school in Tucson, AZ.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Just getting started with this organization and inspired by the hope it offers to all students. The connection to Dr. Carson, a real life example of the benefits of reading and pursuing one's dreams to make the world a better place, is a message our children, and future leaders, profoundly need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently attended their We Can Be Heroes event, an exceptional evening attended by Dr. Ben Carson and his wife. I was so impressed with the positive energy and wonderful entertainment provided. Their message really resonated with me and reminds me why i choose to support the Carson Scholars Fund!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with the Carson Scholars Fund was a fabulous journey. From start to finish the communication was prompt and always helpful. The members were so eager to make our experience a pleasant one! I have worked with many organizations and none can measure up to the quick responses and helpfulness of CSF. In particular, Lacey Richards was such a pleasure to work with and her correspondence was almost immediate. Her help was concise and prompt. Our CRR is a very special part of our building and our school community.

Heather S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the We Can Be Heroes fundraising event. I had a wonderful time. The part that truly stood out was listening to Dr.Carson and his wife, Candy, share their hearts about this charity. The impact that this foundation has for the children across the nation is outstanding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've attended several CSF events over the years and have experienced firsthand the impact this organization has made on students around the country. The students who receive scholarships from CSF are accomplished individuals who contribute and give back to their communities. Many form their own NFP's as a way to give back and truly embrace the spirit of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its important to believe in the future and that future is our children. Dr. Carson and his wife are helping to make strides in our community by offering these scholarships and that is an incredible thing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc is the best nonprofit I have ever been associated with as a volunteer and donor. They truly want students to excel in the academic arena while being well rounded and not just concentrate on sports. Besides giving academic scholarships they also focus on opening Reading Rooms though out the United States. These rooms provide a comfortable reading and learning environment for students.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have donated to the Carson Scholars Fund for the past four years and we have attended several scholar award banquets. We are always impressed with the scholarship recipients and how much they have accomplished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

fantastic organization to work with! the mission of this organization is one that will help our children grow and lead our world in a more positive place

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dr. Ben Carson has truly created a charity that can help change the lives of children. Dr. Carson’s brilliant young Mother found the key to changing the course of her boys’ lives - reading. Carson’s Scolars Fund, Inc. will open up the world for underprivileged children and help them find their inner Ben Carson.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that helps children achieve success through acknowledging their academic and service accomplishments.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a Carson Scholarship recipient; the banquet was spectacular as all the scholars were celebrated in such a memorable and wonderful evening. Sincere thank you to Ben and Candy Carson for their generosity, love and support of all our children.
M. Hinshaw/Greensboro Banquet 2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a past scholarship recipient, I cannot express how thankful I am for this great program. This nonprofit is one of integrity and serves as a bright spot in an area where there is a desperate need with the exorbitant costs of education.

1 N Jhari J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have looked up to Dr. Carson since first reading Gifted Hands in the 3rd grade. I began following and reading about his many stories, mission trips to help children around the world and his generosity. When I found out about Carson Scholars, I immediately set a goal to become a Carson Scholar. It took me 3 years of focus, dedication to my studies, and a serving heart to my community. I am a proud to be a Carson Scholar and will continue to strive for greatness in my career and serving my community. Thank you Carson Scholars Fund for helping me help myself by providing a scholarship and constant encouragement and support to do my best at all times. N'Jhari J.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported this Amazing charity for many years. I am Proud of what the Carson Scholars Foundation does & how they impact so many. A foundation that has incredible Team .... keep up the outstanding work.
Respectfully
Kellee

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer at Johns Hopkins Hospital I have known and admired the work of Dr. Carson. After reading all of his books I learned about his and his wife's amazing nonprofit and began to research more on the Carson Scholars Fund. I have long been dismayed by our country's educational system and feel that anything which can motivate deserving students to read and succeed is worth my investment. This charity has a proven track record and I am proud to be a donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an honorable foundation led by Ben and Candy Carson. Such a noble cause that helps dedicated and intelligent students learn how to read and excel in all areas of life. I have such great respect for the Carson's and all that they are willing to due to help students succeed. I couldn't be happier to be apart of such a wonderful foundation lead by two brilliant people. I enjoy volunteering and hearing about all the success stories that we have made come true through the Carson Scholar Fund.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.