Carson Scholars Fund Awards Its 10,000th Scholarship

Thursday, March 11, 2021

After 25 years of recognizing and rewarding students in grades 4-11 who embrace high levels of academic achievement and community service, the Carson Scholars Fund awards its 10,000th scholarship this year. The CSF gifts $1,000 college scholarships to students who excel academically and selflessly give of themselves, their time, and their talents to others. Every scholarship brings the organization one step closer to co-founders Dr. and Mrs. Ben Carson’s dream of naming a Carson Scholar at every school in the country, said officials. 

Carson Scholars are changing the world through philanthropy and academia. Scholars pursue dreams of becoming doctors, educators, entrepreneurs, scientists, and more. These students do not wait until they are adults to start making an impact; instead, they use their gifts and talents to benefit their communities and the world right now, said officials. 

Three-time Carson Scholar and first ever TIME Magazine Kid of the Year, Gitanjali Rao, is one of these world changers. She received this honor for her work as a young scientist and inventor. Ms. Rao uses her gifts to solve some of the world’s most complex issues including water contamination, cyberbullying, and opioid addiction.

Carson Scholars make up an evolving generation of influencers. They invent apps, launch non-profits, and start businesses to make the world a better place. For example, 2020 Carson Scholar Dhruv Pai created a group called Teens Helping Seniors, which allows volunteers to deliver groceries and other necessities to elderly homes.

You can also find Carson Scholar alumni leading in the fields of medicine, education, and engineering. These individuals embody what it means to be a Carson Scholar as they pursue higher education and continue to make a positive impact in the lives of others, said officials.

Carson Scholar Dr. Bowen Jiang followed in Dr. Carson’s footsteps as he completed his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins University before sharing his talents as a neurosurgeon as the Director of the St. Jude Neuroscience Institute at Providence.

Find the list of new 2021 Carson Scholars here.


GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For 2022 GOAL Award

Dr. Squires Co-Authors Three Part Equity Series

Chattanooga State’s Johnson And Hammond Earn CMBE Status


Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Trish Wiggins, coordinator ... (click for more)

Dr. John Squires, executive director of Advancement and Planning, has co-authored a three part series focused on how states can improve their efforts surrounding equity by creating an equity ... (click for more)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Massage Therapy faculty members Renee Johnson and Tiffany Hammond have earned Certified Massage and Body Educator status from the Alliance for Massage ... (click for more)



Student Scene

GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For 2022 GOAL Award

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Trish Wiggins, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (from left to right) the student’s name, county of residence, program of ... (click for more)

Dr. Squires Co-Authors Three Part Equity Series

Dr. John Squires, executive director of Advancement and Planning, has co-authored a three part series focused on how states can improve their efforts surrounding equity by creating an equity framework and using data. Along with Dr. Squires, Maxine Roberts and Claus von Zastrow also co-authored the Education Commission of the States, which is a national education policy organization ... (click for more)

Breaking News

3 More County Schools Shift To Remote Learning Due To High COVID Numbers

Three more county schools have switched to remote learning due to high COVID-19 numbers. School officials said, "The health and well-being of all Hamilton County students and staff has and will always be our highest priority. We are monitoring the current wave of COVID-19 spreading across our community and schools. Current state law does not permit the entire school district ... (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2 Sunday Morning Restaurant Fires

Several LongHorn Steakhouse employees acted fast Sunday morning when a fire in the kitchen got out of control, safely exiting the restaurant and calling 911 for help. Multiple CFD Red Shift companies responded to the business at 5771 Brainerd Road. The kitchen hood was on fire and flames were coming through the hood vent on the roof. A second alarm was called to bring additional ... (click for more)

Opinion

Earl Freudenberg: Johnny Haynes Overcome His Disability To Become A Police Department Fixture

Johnny Haynes was a special person. Under almost clear skies and 45 degree temperatures, he was buried Saturday afternoon when a small group of his friends gathered at Greenwood Cemetery off Wilcox Boulevard for the committal service. The retired Chattanooga Police Department employee has been my friend since 1962. The Central High School graduate was born with polio but was ... (click for more)

Employers Broke The Social Contract - And Response

Along with our trust, most employers are going to need to give those who participated in the great resignation something to hold onto. The cliché during the pandemic is that we’re all in the same storm, not the same boat. Some of you are in yachts while the rest of us are drowning, grasping at driftwood. For some it’s being deep in medical debt, for others they suffer from burnout ... (click for more)