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!

2024 Application Process

Step 1: Nominate a student

  • Nomination information will be distributed to all educators in our database on October 16.  Educators will have until December 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST 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 report card, and teacher recommendations are due by 8:00 p.m. EST on January 12, 2024.  Any assistance you can provide your student on completing the application and submitting on time is appreciated!

Step 3: Notification of decisions

  • All students and schools will be notified regarding the status of the application in March 2024.


We look forward to working with you in the 2024 scholarship season. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please note that support will not be available outside of office hours.

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

For information on our alternative learning environment policy, please here.

Letters of Recommendation Information

For the letter of recommendation, we are looking for your point of view on how the applicant exhibits traits of being a Carson Scholar. We like to read about their participation and efforts in the classroom, in their clubs/activities, their community service, and so forth. We are looking for at least half of a page in length. Feel free to upload as a Microsoft Word document to the link that has been provided in your request email from the applicant.

2024 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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