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
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!
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.
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!!
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.