Six thousand seven hundred scholarships and counting...


Q: What does the Carson Scholars Fund do?
A: The Carson Scholars Fund is comprised of a Scholarship Program and the Ben Carson Reading Project.

Carson Scholarships are awarded to students in grades 4-11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to go toward their college education!

The Reading Project provides funding to schools to build and maintain Ben Carson Reading Rooms – warm, inviting libraries where kids can escape into the world of books.

Q: When was CSF started?
A: Dr. Ben and Mrs. Candy Carson started the Carson Scholars Fund in 1994 to address the education crisis in the United States. 

The first Carson Scholarships were awarded in 1996. There were 25 scholars in that inaugural year from Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

The Ben Carson Reading Project was initiated in 2000. The first Reading Room was established at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School in Aberdeen, Maryland.


For FAQs about our Scholarship Program, click here.

For FAQs about Dr. Carson, click here.