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Chapter Spotlight

As the site of our national headquarters, Maryland has the oldest and largest regional chapter. Each year, the Maryland Awards Banquet honors both Maryland-area winners and Carson Scholars from around the country.

Maryland Chapter in 2018:

  • 161 New Carson Scholars in 2018
  • 409 Recognized Scholars in 2018
  • 3,922 total Carson Scholars from the Mid-Atlantic region, with 3,585 from Maryland

Learn about the Maryland Chapter

Alumni Spotlight

Lisa Thomas, M.D.

Lisa is a 1999 Carson Scholar who was dedicated to pursuing her dream of working in medicine.  She earned her B.S. in neuroscience and graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York University. She went on to graduate with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and impressively, was one of four university students to win the 2005 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Young Investigator’s Day Ehrlich Award. In 2011, Lisa completed her post graduate training program in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency and served as Chief Resident from 2010-2011. This included training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts Hospital. Lisa’s commitment to the sciences earned her a position working as an Attending Emergency Physician at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD. She is married to Dr. Mathew Thomas and is the mother of three beautiful children, Maria, Michael and Sophia.

Maryland Chapter News and Events

22nd Annual Maryland Awards Ceremony

View photos from the 2018 Maryland Awards Ceremony.

21st Annual Maryland Awards Ceremony

View photos from the 2017 Maryland Awards Ceremony.

20th Annual Maryland Awards Ceremony


Photos from the 2016 Maryland Ceremony

The Nineteenth Annual Maryland Awards Banquet

Photos from the 2015 Maryland Banquet

Dr. and Mrs. Ben Carson Meet With CSF Supporters

On Monday evening at Da Mimmo’s Restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy community, there was a gathering of key friends and supporters of Carson Scholars Fund who are focused on taking the organization to its next level. Read more.

The 18th Annual Maryland Awards Banquet

What an amazing evening honoring our 2014 Carson Scholars! On Sunday, April 6th, 2014 the Carson Scholars Fund gathered at Martin’s West in Baltimore for the 18th Annual Awards Banquet. Legendary newscaster Sam Donaldson served as Master of Ceremonies.  Guests heard inspiring remarks from Kirk Cameron, television and film actor; Aubrey Chernick, philanthropist and technology entrepreneur; and Brooks Robinson, All-Star third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles.  Most important, congratulations to all of our new and returning scholars for a job well done! Read more. 

In the Media

Area Students Recognized by Carson Scholars Fund Awards
The Frederick News-Post, May 2016
Mid-Atlantic scholars were recognized at the Hippodrome Theatre on April 10, 2016 to celebrate their accomplishments.

Carson Scholars Fund awards many AACPS students
Eye On Annapolis, April 2016
In their 20th year, the Carson Scholars Fund awarded 11 Anne Arundel County Public Schools students with scholarships.

David Cohen Davis selected as 2016 Carson Scholar, March 2016
Sussex Academy 11th grader David Cohen Davis has been selected as a 2016 Carson Scholar.

Carson Scholars Announced in Local County, March 2016
Five Charles County Public School students were named as 2016 Carson Scholars and 12 received renewal status.

Carson Scholars Announced
Southern Maryland Online, March 2016
The Carson Scholars Fund is pleased to announce that four students have been named new winners and eleven students have been named previous winners.

Read more in the media here.