Chapter Spotlight

Chicago Chapter in 2018:

  • 16 new Carson Scholars in 2018
  • 39 recognized Carson Scholars in 2018
  • 277 total Carson Scholars in the Midwest with 201 in Illinois

Learn more about the Chicago Chapter

Scholar Spotlight

Eric Deasy

Eric is a freshman at DePaul University, majoring in history and double minoring in American politics and Spanish. He graduated from Tinley Park High School in 2015 as valedictorian of his class. Eric was named a Carson Scholar when he was a sophomore in high school and enjoyed renewing his scholarship for the rest of his high school career. Impressively, Eric earned the highest AP title of National AP Scholar for earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. He enjoys spending his free time reading, acting and binge-watching Netflix shows. Eric keeps with him the lessons the Carson Scholars Fund taught him: service, curiosity and scholarship.

Chicago Chapter News

2017 Chicago Awards Banquet:

View photos from the 2017 Chicago Awards Banquet.

2015 Chicago Banquet:

The multicultural, global city of Chicago, IL hosted the 2015 Carson Scholars Fund Awards Banquet. Even the rainy weather couldn’t dampen spirits on this special day. Carson Scholars brought their families, friends and an array of educators to witness their joy while receiving the coveted gold medallion. Emmy Award winner, Dr. Sandy Goldberg from NBC Chicago, graciously served as emcee. Read more.

Photos from the 2015 Chicago Awards Banquet.

Chicago Chapter Expansion Gets an Early Start

On Monday October 6, 2014, shortly after sunrise, twenty friends of the Carson Scholars Fund met with Dr. and Mrs. Ben Carson and Amy Warner, CSF Executive Director, to discuss expansion efforts in Chicago. The energized group was comprised of business leaders, educators, as well as nonprofit and community supporters.

2014 Chicago Banquet

The Hilton Oak Lawn buzzed with excitement as the 3rd Annual Carson Scholars Awards ceremony was about to begin in the peaceful suburb on Chicago’s south side! Around 200 were gathered around tables of ten in the Astoria ballroom, named for the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, a nationally significant historic region at the west end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Read more.

Special thanks to Advocate Christ Medical Center for sponsoring the Chicago Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund!

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In the Media

Blue Island Eighth Grader Named 2016 Carson Scholar
Chicago Tribune, May 2016
David Bravo, a student at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Blue Island, has been named a 2016 Carson Scholar. He was honored at the Chicago Awards Banquet on May 1.

Roosevelt Student Elisa Hein Receives Carson Scholarship
Nennah Joint School District, March 2016
Roosevelt Elementary fifth grade student Elisa Hein has been selected as the school’s first Carson Scholar.

Petsinger is a Carson Scholar
Hutchinson Leader, March 2016
Hutchinson High School junion, Logan Petsinger, has been selected as a 2016 Carson Scholar by the Carson Scholars Fund.


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