The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is proud to support initiatives that create
an inspired and educated citizenry. The Carson Scholars Fund, founded by Dr.
Benjamin S. Carson and his wife, Candy, exemplify this ideal. The Fund aims to
recognize and reward students in grades 4 through 12 who have earned the highest
level of academic achievement. Emphasis is placed on students’ performance and
desire to maintain a strong academic record, as well as humanitarian qualities
that have a positive impact on society.
Ben Carson has dedicated his life to inspiring others to excel by using their
God-given talents. Dr. Carson’s childhood journey was filled with poverty. He
struggled with poor grades and a violent temper. After his mother, who only had
a third-grade education, challenged him to strive for excellence, he rose from
the bottom to the top of his class. His achievements earned him academic
scholarships to college and medical school. Today, Dr. Carson is a world
renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in
The Carson Scholars Fund is dedicated to helping highly prepared students earn
funding for their college education, reaching one child at a time. They have
awarded hundreds of scholarships since the foundation was founded in 1994, and
have expanded their program rapidly. They employ an innovative process to
identify and reward the most eligible students in schools across the nation. In
addition to providing scholarships, the Carson Scholars Fund believes that Dr.
Carson’s THINK BIG philosophy can teach and motivate children to strive for