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Scholarship FAQs

Welcome to our Scholarship FAQ's. Here, you can find out everything you need to know about this year's scholarship season.

Q: How can my school get involved?

A:  Ask your guidance counselor or principal if they currently receive an application from the Carson Scholars Fund. If they do not, they can request an application by sending an email to, including their school name, school address, principal name, and principal email address. At this time, our school nomination procedures do not allow homeschool parents or tutors to request applications.

For more information on how to receive an application, visit our Request an Application page.

Q: What qualifications are needed in order to be selected to apply for the Carson Scholarship?

A:  Be enrolled in grades 4-11 in the United States.  Have a GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the following academic subjects:  English/Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Languages.  Demonstrate humanitarian qualities in school and community, above and beyond what is required, i.e. – volunteering in a soup kitchen, nursing home, senior center, etc.  Be nominated by your school.

For the 2015 academic qualifications, view our GPA Calculation Rules and Policies.

Q: What do Carson Scholars win?

A:  First-time Carson Scholars receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward the scholar’s college education, along with a medal, a certificate, a trophy nameplate for his or her school, and an invitation to an awards banquet. Previous Carson Scholars receive a recognition pin to attach to their medal, a certificate, and an invitation to an awards banquet.

Q: When will our school receive an application?

A: Applications are available online. You will no longer receive a hard copy of the application unless specifically requested. A link to the online application will be distributed via email in mid-October. If you have any questions, please email

For more information, visit our Important Dates & Deadlines page.

Q: What is the nomination process?

A:  The nomination process varies from school to school. CSF encourages each school to hold a fair and impartial nomination process to determine which qualifying student at their school would best meet the requirements for a Carson Scholarship. Many schools hold an informal essay contest to determine their nominee.

Here are some helpful links regarding nominations:

Q: When are the applications due?

A:  The 2015 Carson Scholar Application and Previous Scholar Application is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 9, 2015. All applications materials including report card and teacher recommendation must be submitted by this time. For more information, visit our Important Dates and Deadlines page.

Q: When will I know if I have won a scholarship?

A: All Scholars and schools will be sent notification of the status of their application by April 1, 2015.

Q: How are the winners chosen?

A:  Carson Scholar winners are chosen by a panel of impartial judges, comprised of teachers, educators, and other community members using a standard set of rules.

Q: Can I re-apply?

A:  Yes. Every Carson Scholar is encouraged to reapply for Carson Scholar Recognition each year until s/he graduates high school. Though scholars only receive a monetary award their first year, they can reapply for recognition each subsequent year.

The Previous Scholar application has moved to an online application. If you haven't updated or verified your email address, please email The deadline for the 2015 Previous Scholar application is 5;00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Q: How do I receive my payout?

A:  A student’s scholarship money is held in an account where it will gain interest until he or she attends college. The summer after the scholar graduates high school, CSF will send him/her a Payout Request Form to be filled out with information about where s/he is going to college in the fall. CSF will then write a check directly to the college indicating that funds may be applied to tuition, room/board, and/or books. In order to receive scholarship money, the scholar must be enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited college or university within the United States. Scholars may defer their payouts for up to 3 years following high school graduation.

To find out more about payouts, please visit our Scholar Alumni page where you will find Payout Request Forms and important dates.

For additional questions regarding payouts, contact Katie Damaroda at

Q: How do I contribute to the Carson Scholars Fund?

A:  CSF is always looking for dedicated individuals to volunteer at our events or in our Baltimore, MD office. If you are interested in volunteering, click here!

If you are interested in donating to the Carson Scholars Fund, click here.

Q: Why is it $1,500 to sponsor an Annual Scholarship when the scholarships awarded are $1,000?

 A: Funding an Annual Scholarship ensures that a deserving student will be recognized and rewarded. The Carson Scholars Fund believes that the recognition component of the award is just as important as the scholarship.

You can designate an Annual Scholarship for a specific school or area, or you can leave it open to be used for the most deserving student in the country.

The $1,500 breaks down as follows: $1,000 scholarship (held in trust until the student graduates from high school and enrolls in college); and $500 used for a lifetime recognition package that includes: a trophy/nameplate for the school, invitation to a regional scholars awards banquets with two complimentary guests (first year), an Olympic size medal, certificate and holder, communication and support services  from the Carson Scholars network, and all associated future recognition components including school trophy/nameplate, scholar pin, complimentary banquet invitation(s) for the scholar, etc. through time of matriculation.

To sponsor an Annual Scholarship, click here.

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