Educational Institutions

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

  • Towson, MD
  • http://www.carsonscholars.org

Mission Statement

The Carson Scholars Fund supports two main initiatives: Carson Scholarships and the Ben Carson Reading Project. The scholarship program awards students in grades 4-11 who exemplify high academic excellence and humanitarian qualities with scholarships for college. The Ben Carson Reading Project initiative creates inviting and exciting reading rooms in schools for students to discover the joy of independent reading.

Main Programs

  1. The Ben Carson Reading Project
  2. Scholarship Program
Service Areas

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National

We have scholars in all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C. Additionally, there are reading rooms across the country.

ruling year

1994

President

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Dr. Nancy Grasmick Sr.

Executive Director

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Mrs. Amy E. Warner

Keywords

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children, youth, education, reading, scholarship, investing, academic achievement

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EIN

52-1851346

Physical Address

305 W Chesapeake Ave Suite 310

Towson, MD 21204

Also Known As

CSF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 1996, the first year that scholarships were awarded, 25 deserving students were recognized as scholars. Through the generosity of our donors and partners, we are now able to award nearly 600 scholarships annually. In total, we have awarded over 6,700 scholarships across the country. Our scholars come from all across the country and our award winners currently represent all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Carson Scholars have attended more than 560 colleges and universities and have paid out over $4.2 million in scholarship funds on behalf of our scholars.


The Ben Carson Reading Project has enjoyed similar success. Through partnerships with individuals and corporations, over $1.3 million has been invested into creating and maintaining Ben Carson Reading Rooms. Currently, over 140 reading rooms have been established in 17 states across the country and Washington, D.C. 85% of Ben Carson Reading Rooms serve students in Title I schools.

Programs

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Program 1

The Ben Carson Reading Project

The Ben Carson Reading Project is the second initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The primary purpose of the program is to provide funding and support to local schools so that they can create a nurturing environment for children to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills. The Reading Project is dedicated to combating illiteracy and promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child's potential. Each room is filled with hundreds of books for students to explore from a variety of authors, topics, and genres. The Reading Room is decorated with attractive, eye-catching artwork based on Dr. Carson's "THINK BIG" philosophy.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Scholarship Program

Carson Scholarships are awarded to students in grades 4-11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to go toward their college education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We have scholars in all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C. Additionally, there are reading rooms across the country.

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Funding Needs

The Carson Scholars Fund seeks funding to support the scholarship program and the reading room program.  Additionally, unrestricted donations help to cover the daily expenses of running the organization and help sustain program elements.

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CARSON SCHOLARS FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Dr. Nancy Grasmick Sr.

Executive Director

Mrs. Amy E. Warner

BIO

Dr. Grasmick is the president of the Carson Scholars Fund, the Towson University Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation, vice president of the board of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and co-director of the Kennedy Krieger Fellowship Program for Innovation and Leadership for Special Education.

Dr. Grasmick has served as a teacher, principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent in Baltimore County Public Schools. Under her leadership as former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools for 20 years, the state of Maryland received the coveted “Race to the Top" $250,000 educational grant and Maryland was designated as the number one state school system for five years in a row. Her numerous board and commission appointments include the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors, the Towson University Board of Visitors, the National Math and Science Initiative Board, and the Peabody Conservatory Board.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"What an exciting year for the Carson Scholars Fund. After two decades, Ben and Candy Carson are still inspiring us to “THINK BIG" and believe me, we are. We continue to grow by leaps and bounds. We have expanded our operations on the West Coast. Our impact is being felt in all 50 States. This year alone, we recognized 526 new Carson Scholars and awarded over a half a million dollars in scholarships.

We are so proud of the thousands of Carson Scholar alumni who are rising leaders within their professions and communities. They generously give back of their time, talent and resources. I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who believe in our mission and who work with our local school partners.

It is my honor to serve as the interim President of the Carson Scholars Fund. I want to invite each and every one of you to take time this year to celebrate our 20 years of excellence.
- Dr. Nancy Grasmick, President of the Carson Scholars Fund"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Lee Warner

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