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.

Requesting an application will add you to our distribution list, this is not the same as nominating a student for our scholarship program.

All schools that request an application will be added to our mailing list for our next scholarship season. All requests must come from educators or school administrators. Requests cannot be made for individual students, nor can applications be sent to students’ homes or personal emails. This policy ensures that educators can complete a fair and impartial nomination process to determine which student at their school would best meet the requirements for a Carson Scholarship.

If you fall into one of these categories, the Carson Scholars Fund has an existing relationship with and already distribute scholarship applications annually:

  • Any school that has previously received an application
  • Any school in Maryland, Delaware, or Washington, DC
  • Any school in the Pittsburgh Public School District, Atlanta Public School District, Indianapolis Public School District, or Battle Creek (Michigan) Public School District

*If you are in one of these categories and the contact information for your school has changed (i.e. new principal, different contact person, etc.) please email

All educators are welcome to request an application. Educators can request an application by completing the Application Request Form below. At this time, our school nomination procedures do not allow homeschool parents or tutors to request applications unless all qualifying conditions as outlined in the Goals of the Carson Scholars Program are met.

If you are a parent or student that would like to request an application, please communicate your interest in having your school participate in the program by contacting an educator, guidance counselor or administrator at your school. Suggest that they request an application for your school by contacting and following the instructions above. Requests from students, parents or individuals will not be processed.

More information on our scholarship program can be found on the prospective scholars,current scholarseducators, and alumni pages.