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About Our Scholarships

eight thousand three hundred scholarships and counting

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11¬†who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Scholarship winners receive the honor of being named “Carson Scholars” and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments. Previous winners of Carson Scholarships are eligible to reapply for Carson Scholar Recognition annually – please visit the Current Scholar page for more information.

An interested student must be nominated by an educator at his or her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. Only one student from each school is able to apply, ensuring that each nominee epitomizes academic excellence. Carson Scholars must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service. Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement and humanitarian qualities, without regard to financial need, ethnicity, creed or religion.

If you are interested in learning more about the scholarship program, please view more detailed information for prospective scholars and educators. More information can also be viewed about how to request an application.

Goals of the Carson Scholars Program

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 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.

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