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Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

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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

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Have great respect for Dr. and Candy Carson! That set a wonderful example and are fabulous mentors!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work that the Carson Scholars Fund does to ensure quality reading materials in under-served schools is incredible. We have just over 1000 titles in our Carson Reading Room and still have funding to obtain more, newer, and requested books. Many organizations offer used, rejected titles from other libraries or schools and think that is sufficient and acceptable to send to schools serving students from lower socioeconomic circumstances. CSF understands that students need quality materials- not those discarded by others.

The people I have worked with are passionate about literacy, show a real interest in our students, and are still available for support even after the fanfare of opening a reading room has ended.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the Carson Scholars has been terrific! As a reading room coordinator in the first middle school reading room in the country we are in the special position of working to motivate young adults to read. The Carson Reading Room has been just the place to make that happen, especially now that we have updated it with the support of the Scholars Fund. Daily there are students who visit our reading room, to read, work on class assignments and relax in a welcoming reading environment. Our school is honored to have a reading room to serve our struggling readers and provide a space where students have a positive, low pressure reading experience. None of that would have been possible without the support of the Carson Scholars Fund!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love how the organization helps award scholarships to kids to go to college. It is a great organization with amazingly talented and hard workers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work hard in school and have been volunteering in my community and all my hard work has paid off. I won a scholarship last year and was recognized this year. I think the Carson Scholar Fund is a phenomenal organization and it has inspired me to continue doing good.

Amelia S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's so gratifying and inspiring to see youth—America's future—involved, engaged, and excited about education; and making a positive impact in the world with their knowledge. This is a fervor I hope to see spread across our beloved nation, spilling joyously over—reaching the far corners of our Earth.

Brian138

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great charity. It inspires children to be the best they can and think big. I am a proud donor.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor of working with Carson Scholars Fund as a Writing Consultant for the magnificent students who received scholarships through the organization. I was humbled to be surrounded by such dedicated staff and have an opportunity to be apart of a mission that seeks to further the education of thousands of children across the US.

Writing bios about so many gifted children changed my life and fulfilled my spirit! I would offer my services to such a magical cause anytime.

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Donor

Rating: 4

This organization provides students with the opportunity for independent reading with their Ben Carson Reading Rooms. These reading rooms are colorful, book-filled rooms with cozy nooks and couches where students can choose a book and let their imaginations build knowledge and dreams!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Carson and his wife Candy have given me the chance to live the American Dream of receiving a college education. Not in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would win my school's nomination to compete against all the talented applicants from across our great nation, let alone being named a Carson Scholar. The values that Dr. Carson and his wife live their lives' inspire me and taught me that I must give back to not only my community, but to my country. The commitment of the Carson family and staff to family values, education, and community service are instrumental in the growth of the Carson Scholars Fund in creating more Reading Rooms across the country. Community service is the backbone of each Carson Scholar. As a five-year award recipient, Dr. Carson challenged me to do seek leadership roles, which ultimately prepared me to enter Honor College competitions. The colleges asked me about the mission of Dr. Carson and how my service work has influenced my career choice. I can proudly say that I was selected for a full-ride scholarship. Dr. Carson's belief in me is the reason why I am a first-year undergraduate student working on medical research. The Carson Scholars Fund is the real deal, supporting future scientists, teachers, and community leaders. Do not hesitate to donate, as the monetary award I received was sent directly to my college.

1 Ses I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great rescue from the great decline in American values.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a Carson Scholar! Ben Carson is a great man with an amazing story and the Carson Fund continues to open doors for our children. As a Fifth grade Carson Scholar, I knew college was in my future. The Carson Fund makes the college dream a reality at such an early age.

Dee_24

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Carson Scholars is an incredibly important organization that has provided hundreds of students across the Country achieve their goal of a higher education. As a recently retired 40 year Middle School teacher in Maryland, I personally used the Carson Scholar philosophy to change the lives of so many kids. Our children need desperately to see the purpose of a good education as well as the love for helping others. This non-profit is beyond Dr. Carson's dream, but something people around our country are willing to support and watch grow. I will continue to offer my personal assistance in moving this program across the country. This nonprofit is truly what America needs to stay on top of the world in education.

1 Eileen30

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is a dire need in our country to improve the philosophy of education. Students are in desperate need of confidence and drive which will lead to determination, and most importantly, character. DR. Carson has found the way to do just that. Using the principals that his mother used on him to transform him from the school dummy to the most saught after neurosurgeon in the WORLD, Dr. Carson has turned failing schools into places of success and joy. Our children are our future!!!!! What more important nonprofit organization could we have than one where those who are destined to live off the system are transformed into joyful, prepared and productive members of society.