Educators play an important part in the lives of their students and are often instrumental in instilling a love of learning and the pursuit of higher education within their students.  Our scholarship program would not be successful without the hard work and participation from educators and, for that, we say thank you!  We are excited to work with educators in recognizing and rewarding academic superstars!

2021 Application Process

Step 1: Nominate a student

  • Nomination information will be distributed to all educators in our database on October 19.  Educators will have until December 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET to nominate a student.
  • Only one student can be nominated per school unless otherwise told by a CSF staff member.
  • Click here to view nomination tips and this year’s essay questions.

Step 2: Students complete and submit the application

  • Applications, including teacher recommendations, are due by 8:00 p.m. ET on January 15, 2021.  Any assistance you can provide your student on completing the application and submitting on time is appreciated!

Step 3: Principal verification of the application

  • Principal verification is done on a rolling basis, meaning that the principal will receive instructions to verify the application once the student submits.
  • New this year: this step is not mandatory, but we encourage principals to review and sign off on all applications.

Step 4: Notification of decisions

  • All students and schools will be notified regarding the status of the application in March 2021.

Key Information for Educators

All educators, teachers and administrators with a valid school email address from an accredited K-12 school in the United States are welcome to request an application for the Carson Scholarship program.* Please review our requirements on requesting an application and then complete the Application Request Form.

Requesting an application adds your school to our application distribution list. Once on this list, you will receive scholarship information as it becomes available.

Each school is eligible to nominate one student to compete for a Carson Scholarship. It is up to the school to determine its nominee. Carson Scholars must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and display humanitarian qualities through community service above and beyond what is required. Please review our GPA Calculations Rules and Policies to learn more about how we calculate GPA. Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement and humanitarian qualities – without regard to financial need or ethnicity.

If you have further questions, please email

*In the context of the Carson Scholars Fund Scholarship and Scholar Recognition Programs, a school is defined as an accredited K-12 institution with a physical building comprised of students, educators, administrators, etc. While the Carson Scholars Fund is fully aware of and appreciates the accomplishments of other non-traditional educational settings including but not limited to home schools and online schools, the Carson Scholars Fund Scholarship and Scholar Recognition Programs are not currently available to these alternative educational formats.

2021 Scholarship Flyer

Provides an overview of the program and important deadlines

Outcomes of the Carson Scholars Program

The purpose of the Carson Scholars Fund is to recognize and reward outstanding students in the United States enrolled in grade 4-11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. The goal of the Carson Scholars Program goes beyond instilling an interest in college early on and assisting with the costs of college.

Carson Scholars are role models in their schools. The impact of our program goes beyond individual students and families to schools and classrooms. Carson Scholars encourage other students in their school to strive for excellence and serve as peer role models. Our research shows that 94% of our scholars feel that being named a Carson Scholar has helped them become role models in their school.

Carson Scholars are recognized by their school. As part of the Carson Scholars Program, schools are provided with a trophy to be displayed proudly in display cases. The aim is to add value to academic achievements and to refocus the spotlight on education; too often athletic achievements are recognized more often than academic successes.


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