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Carson Scholar launches clothing company

Hello, my name is Jarvis C. Veira, and I am 2004 Carson Scholar! 

Last year, I graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science and Apparel Design specializing in Menswear. Initially, I began at Cornell as a pre-med student, but I soon realized that my true dream was to become a Menswear designer and start my own clothing company.

CSF Service Day for Our Schools

Last week, the CSF staff volunteered their time and energy at Norwood Elementary School, a Baltimore County Public School and Ben Carson Reading Room school. Norwood principal, Pat Goldys, had a clear vision in mind on what she wanted the CSF staff to help with. The first task was to paint large flowers, which included dandelions, sunflowers, daffodils and tulips, on outside classroom doors in the school’s garden area. Next, the CSF staff painted large poles as pencils and wrote phrases such as “Let’s Read” or “Let’s Create” on high white beams in the front of the school.

Then and Now: Alumni Spotlight

Jeremy Garriga was awarded the Carson Scholarship in 2011 at the Academy of Technology and was recognized twice thereafter before graduating. He is a sophomore at Seton Hall University majoring in social and behavioral sciences with a minor in psychology. His academic goals include acceptance into a medical school that offers him research opportunities in relation to his interests, breast cancer or neurological disorders. As a member of the Seton Hall Medical Brigade, Jeremy recently returned from his first international outreach to a remote region on a mountain-top village in Honduras.

Scholar Spotlight: Alden Tonkay

Alden Tonkay, a 7-time Carson Scholar, has been keeping busy this summer by volunteering in his community. Recently, Alden sung two solo performances at a three day patriotic production for the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, Delaware to raise money for Meals on Wheels. During this event, Meals on Wheels raises around $15,000! View his performances below:

(You  Make Me Feel So Young)

Then and Now: Alumni Spotlight

This feature of Then and Now: Alumni Spotlight features Rubén Vega Pérez, a 2-time Carson Scholar, who was originally awarded with the scholarship in 2012 at Southwest High School. He is a rising junior at Yale University majoring in ethics, politics, and economics, which is a selective honor major at Yale. Along with focusing on economics, he is pursuing the premedical track and has already been selected for the FlexMed early acceptance program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai upon his graduation from Yale.

Meet CSF's Interns!

Annie McPherson

Year(s) Named a Carson Scholar: 2007, 08, 10, 11

College You’re Attending in the Fall: North Carolina A&T State University

Intended Major: Mechanical engineering and certificate in entrepreneurship

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games

Favorite Movie: Live Free or Die Hard

Favorite Food: Pizza

Top 20 Under Thirty - Hall of Fame

Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary

The Carson Scholars Fund will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016! We are very excited for such a huge milestone and would like to announce that with our anniversary, CSF will unveil a Carson Scholar Hall of Fame. The Carson Scholar Hall of Fame will feature our “top 20 under thirty” Carson Scholars for 2016.

The application is open to all of our alumni scholars under the age of thirty. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Good luck!

Volunteer Celebration!

Volunteers are vital in the success of the Carson Scholars Fund. It is because of their dedication and commitment that we are able to process and score the thousands of scholarship applications CSF receives annually. In addition, they also play an important role in the execution of our awards banquets and the Ben Carson Reading Project. Exclusive Interview with Dr. Carson!

James Barham, Ph.D., president and general editor of, sat down with Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., in an exclusive interview before the 2015 Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Awards Banquet on May 24, 2015. Dr. Barham believes that the interview “serves as a wonderful tribute to Dr. Carson and his massive positive influence on American education.” The interview discusses topics such as Dr. Carson’s education and success, the role of discipline in education, the Carson Scholars Fund and music’s influence on education, to name a few.

CSF Receives Large Donation Gift from TheBestSchools.Org

The Carson Scholars Fund is thrilled to announce a $100,000 gift from, which offers detailed and reliable information about the best schools and degree programs in all fields of study in the U.S. donation is the largest donation ever received by the Carson Scholars Fund from a national educational organization. Read more.