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California/West Coast

Chapter Spotlight

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California/West Coast Chapter in 2016:

  • 64 New Carson Scholars on the West Coast
  • 50 Recognized Scholars on the West Coast
  • 330 total West Coast Carson Scholars

**Looking for dedicated chapter representatives, specifically in the San Diego area.


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Learn more about the California/West Coast Chapter

Scholar Spotlight

Channing Lee

Channing is a 9th grade student from Cornelia Connelly School in Anaheim, CA. Channing is an accomplished pianist who has performed in multiple venues, including Carnegie Hall. In addition to playing the piano, Channing also enjoys playing volleyball, art, reading, singing, acting and traveling. Channing volunteers for Pathways of Hope, a charitable organization serving homeless families; and Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization where high school girls mentor younger girls. Channing aspires to become an attorney or businesswoman and based on her academic achievements and community service, she is well positioned for success in either career path. Channing has won the Cornelia Connelly School Holy Child Merit Scholarship, was the Fairmont Private Schools 8th grade valedictorian and was selected for the Johns Hopkins CTY International Talent Search. She earned a first-place award for a piano duet from the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and won first place at the Diamond Bar Performing Arts Competition in 2015.

West Coast Chapter News

Seventh Annual West Coast Awards Banquet:

Click here to view photos from the banquet.

Sixth Annual West Coast Awards Banquet:

The plunging cliffs leading to crystal blue water in Dana Point, CA were a majestic setting for the Sixth Annual West Coast Carson Scholars Awards Banquet. Students and families from all over the West Coast gathered to celebrate high academic achievement. Union Bank’s Robbin Narike Preciado expertly led the festivities for the evening, emphasizing Union Bank’s ongoing commitment to education. Read more.

2015 West Coast Awards Banquet Photos

Fifth Annual West Coast Awards Banquet:

At the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, West Coast guests spent the evening honoring scholars and exploring the aquarium exhibits. Dr. and Mrs. Carson along with our partners, Union Bank, congratulated 34 new and 24 previous scholars at the West Coast Awards Banquet. Scholars, their families and guests were able to enjoy this beautiful Oceanside destination prior to the event. Read more.

In the Media

Former Presidential Hopeful Rolls Out the Red Carpet to Honor Scholars
Ramona Home Journal, May 2016
New and Previous Carson Scholars were honored at an awards banquet held at San Diego State University.

Carson Scholars Fund holds banquet at SDSU
CBS 8, April 2016
The Carson Scholars Fund celebrated West Coast Carson Scholars at San Diego State University on Sunday, April 24.

ALCS Carson Scholar Wins National Pi Day Contest, March 2016
Ezekiel Zaruba, a 3-time Carson Scholar, tied for first place in the Carson Scholars Fund’s National Pi Day Contest.

16 San Diego County Students Honored As Carson Scholars
SDCOE, March 2016
New and previous Carson Scholars were selected as winners for the 2016 scholarship season.