Lee County/Florida

Chapter Spotlight

Lee County/Florida Chapter in 2023:

47 New Carson Scholars in 2023

93 Recognized Scholars in 2023

836 Carson Scholarships awarded in Florida

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Lee County/Florida Chapter News

2019 Florida Awards Banquet

On Tuesday, April 23, over 500 guests attended the 10th Annual Florida Carson Scholars Awards Banquet in Bonita Springs, Florida. This year, 46 new Carson Scholars and 141 recognized Carson Scholars were honored throughout the evening. Morning news anchor Greg Parker from ABC-7 was on hand to emcee the event.

Two-time Carson Scholar Alexander Mankin delivered the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a benevolent invocation by longtime supporter of the CSF, Johnny Sheppard. 2019 Carson Scholar Sophia Salamanca delivered her scholar essay encouraging fellow scholars to strive for social change and never give up on their dreams. Dinner was served as a slideshow of past and present Carson Scholars was shown on two large viewing screens.

Dual recipients of the Generous Heart Award, Cissie Graham Lynch and Corey Lynch, shared inspiring stories from their work with the international relief fund, Samaritan’s Purse. They emboldened scholars to be advocates for the world’s weakest citizens and give generously to those in deepest need.

Maya Allione, a six-time Carson Scholar from Ft. Myers, introduced Dr. Ben Carson for his keynote address. Dr. Carson imparted words of wisdom to the future leaders highlighting the importance of setting goals and using your God-given gifts to accomplish them. View photos from the banquet.

2018 Lee County Awards Banquet:  View photos from the 2018 Lee County Awards Banquet. 

2017 Lee County, Florida Awards Banquet:

View photos from the 2017 Florida Awards Banquet.

2016 Lee County, FL Awards Banquet:

2015 Lee County, FL Awards Banquet:

The soothing, oceanic aquamarine waves rolling in to caress the sand captured the sights of the guests through the long bank of windows spanning one entire side of the Harborside Convention Center of Fort Myers, Florida. This gorgeous vista, witnessed by all as they checked in to attend the 7th annual Florida Carson Scholars Banquet, is a very tangible representation of the limitless possibilities open to the newest Carson scholars! Read more.

Photos from the 2015 Lee County, FL Awards Banquet

2014 Lee County Banquet Highlights

Around 600 academic enthusiasts gathered in Bonita Springs, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa for the Annual Carson Scholars Awards Ceremony in the state!  This is the largest assemblage of scholars ever in Florida!  And it is the first time “repeat scholars” were honored. Read more.

In the Media

66 Carson Scholars honored in Bonita Springs
NBC 2 News, May 2016
Carson Scholars, new and previous, were awarded at the 2016 Florida Awards Banquet in at Hyatt Place Coconut Pointe in Bonita Springs, FL.


Scholar Spotlight

Jexton Taveras

Jexton is a motivated leader and learner who takes his education very seriously and serves as a role model for his peers.  At school, he plays bucket drums with a music group and is an integral part of the News Crew, as he can take on a multitude of positions to help the production run smoothly.  Not only has he served as lead anchor, but he has also mentored fellow students on how to do various news-related jobs.  Jexton’s dedication to academics earned him membership to the National Elementary Honor Society, enrollment in the Gifted Program and multiple awards for his outstanding grades and behavior.  He often participates in various clean-up efforts to help keep his community beautiful.  Outside of school, Jexton enjoys playing basketball, attending an occasional art class and building Legos.  He aspires to become an accountant when he gets older.


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