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There is no "I" in Team but there is a "u" in volunteer!

Every year, the Carson Scholars Fund processes and scores thousands of applications. We could not do this without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Last year, nearly 75 volunteers contributed over 800 hours of service, allowing us to successfully execute another scholarship season and nine scholar awards banquets. According to calculations by the Independent Sector, 800 hours of volunteer service is equivalent to $18,216! We cannot thank our volunteers enough!

Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and find their way to the Carson Scholars Fund for any number of reasons. Volunteers come as individuals or as part of corporate groups; they are retired teachers and college students considering a career in education; they are current Carson Scholars and Carson Scholar alumni already college; they spend one day a year with us and they spend one day every week with us. Despite their differences, they are all committed to helping in any way they can. To celebrate all the ways the volunteers positively impact our work, we asked them to share their stories and will be spotlighting our volunteers over the next few weeks.

Sister Dorothy Franz – Long-Term Volunteer
About 10 years ago a friend who is a teacher decided to do a presentation about Dr. Carson during black history month. While doing research, she learned that the Carson Scholars Fund office was looking for volunteers and shared this with me. I decided this was something I might be interested in doing so I contacted the office and began by helping to judge student essays and volunteering at the banquet.

I found this work very rewarding and found the staff to be extremely friendly and grateful for their volunteers. It was also exciting to see the scholars and their families at the banquet. Here were some children who had never received any kind of recognition and they were being publically rewarded for their academic achievements. I believe that I get more out of this opportunity than I ever believed possible.

Now, I look forward to volunteering on a weekly basis at the Towson office with a specific task to accomplish as well as visiting some of the Carson Reading Rooms where children have a chance for independent reading time. After 10 years I truly feel part of the Carson Scholars family. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the Carson Scholars Fund, please visit our Volunteer page or contact Scholarship Director Rebekah Lin via email or at 410.828.1005.