Six thousand seven hundred scholarships and counting...

What We Do

The Carson Scholars Fund is a national nonprofit organization with two key initiatives: the Carson Scholars Program and the Ben Carson Reading Project.

  1. The Carson Scholars Program recognizes and rewards academic excellence in young students (4-11 grade) who also have strong humanitarian qualities. Students are nominated by their schools and honored at one of nine regional awards ceremonies across the country. New scholars receive a $1,000 scholarship towards college and previous winners are eligible to reapply for Carson Scholar Recognition annually provided that they maintain their academic status and high level of volunteerism. The program is designed to identify and encourage future leaders and is active in all 50 states.
  2. The Ben Carson Reading Project was created to combat illiteracy and promote leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child's full learning potential. Reading rooms are vibrant spaces located within a school - packed full of the most popular and exciting books. Rooms are typically themed and promote an encouraging attitude towards learning. Learn more about our Reading Room Project, here.

The Carson Scholars Program is more than a simple monetary scholarship program. It starts young, encouraging a college-going culture in homes and schools across the country. Scholars have an incentive to achieve academically year after year and are exposed to inspirational adult leaders. More importantly, Carson Scholars are role models in their schools and encourage their peers to succeed academically and contribute to their communities. Collectively, they are shaping a better future for themselves, their schools and the country.

To read about the goals of the Carson Scholars Program and learn more about our rules and policies, click here. 

To learn more about the impact our scholarship program has, view our research report.