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In General, Newsletter on 01/17/2024 - 1:38 PM

Carson Scholars Fund 2023 Wrap Up

2023 Was One For The Books In 2023, the Ben Carson Reading Project exceeded over $4 million in investments, dedicated to creating literacy-enriched environments for children to develop their reading skills. Last year alone, CSF opened 17 reading rooms, bringing the total Ben Carson/Think Big Reading Rooms to 280, serving students in 23 states and […]


In Newsletter, Scholars, Scholarships on 01/17/2024 - 1:26 PM

Scholar Spotlight – Aanand Mehta

Aanand Mehta, a dynamic 2023 Carson Scholar from Phoenix, Arizona, is committed to improving the lives of others by merging his talents and passions. Aspiring to become a physician and researcher, Aanand is equally passionate about music and community service. Provided with numerous opportunities to pursue his interests in medicine, music, and volunteering, he aims […]


In Newsletter, Reading Rooms on 12/11/2023 - 1:42 PM

Just a Reminder – Reading Room Reports Coming Soon!

Every year, in January and May, we ask our reading room school partners to complete and submit a formal report for their school. The report is simple as it asks about ten questions regarding reading room usage. It is useful to place sign-in sheets in your reading room to help collect this data. An email […]


In Newsletter, Reading Rooms on 12/11/2023 - 12:57 PM

Jonathan C. Harris – An Author Who Wears Many Hats

Brief Introduction to Jonathan C. Harris This January we’d like to introduce to you all an amazing author who truly believes in the power of reading. Jonathan C. Harris is man that wears many hats. He published two children’s books, Growing Gents and Girls with Pearls, that teach kids to treat themselves and others with […]


In Events, General, Newsletter, Reading Rooms on 11/16/2023 - 9:18 AM

The Carson Scholars Fund’s 18th Annual National Day of Reading was One for the Books!

This year’s featured book, Dear Librarian, was a hit for the Carson Scholars Fund’s 18th Annual National Day of Reading. Dear Librarian, an autobiography by Lydia M. Sigwarth, is a heartwarming retelling of a life-changing period in the author’s childhood. In the story, young Lydia and her family had to relocate and live temporarily with […]


In General, Newsletter, Reading Rooms on 11/14/2023 - 2:48 PM

Welcome Amani to the CSF!

Amani is the new reading room coordinator at the Carson Scholars Fund and is excited to help children discover a love for reading. She is dedicated to bringing new ideas and creativity to the Ben Carson Reading Project and diligently working to establish more reading rooms across the country. Our newest member has previous experience […]


In Reading Rooms on 11/13/2023 - 10:06 AM

650 Students THINK BIG at Live Oak Elementary School

The Carson Scholars Fund is proud to be part of “A Culture of Reading” at Live Oak Elementary School in Fallbrook, CA. About 650 students have indulged in the love of reading in their Think Big Reading Room. With a beautiful park-themed environment, it’s no wonder that these students read approximately 60,000 minutes last year […]


In General on 10/27/2023 - 4:03 PM

Thank You Phyllis & Louis Friedman

Phyllis and Louis Friedmans’ unwavering generosity and support of the Carson Scholars Fund has spanned over three decades. Both have provided leadership as board members and for a year Phyllis served as the CSF’s executive director. Early in Phyllis’ career, she was an educator. As a teacher, she had a student who would stay after […]


In General, Newsletter, Scholars on 10/20/2023 - 1:45 PM

News from the Associate Leadership Council

Calling All Alumni, Donors & Friends Of The CSF! We are excited to extend an invitation to apply to the CSF Associate Leadership Council (ALC). The ALC bolsters the CSF’s mission through generating new ideas, planning events, assisting with fundraising, and creating meaningful partnerships with alumni and donors. We’ve hosted events including a virtual networking meet-up […]


In Events, General, Newsletter, Reading Rooms on 10/20/2023 - 11:02 AM

The Jerry Thomas Elementary School Reading Room Opening – Candy Carson’s Recap

The “tiger spirit” at Jerry Thomas Elementary School is evident before you even reach the sidewalk! The concrete under the covered walkway begins with a tiger face, encircled by the name of the school (in school colors, of course!) connected to a 30-foot serpentine tail, drawing closer to the building to where the entire walkway […]


In General, Newsletter, Reading Rooms, Scholarships on 10/20/2023 - 10:15 AM

Calling All Volunteers

The Carson Scholars Fund has a significant need for volunteers during the scholarship and awards banquet seasons. Between the months of January and May, we have a variety of projects that we would not be able to successfully work through without the help of our outstanding volunteers. YOU play a vital role in fulfilling our […]


In General, Newsletter on 10/19/2023 - 3:19 PM

Year End Giving

To all of you who support the Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) year-round, whether as a donor, an educator, a volunteer or as an ambassador, we share a sincere thank you! Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of so many. The end of the calendar year is when most nonprofit organizations receive approximately 30% […]


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