DMS Student Named Carson Scholar/HS Student Renews Status

Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Vivian Shao has been selected as a 2017 Carson Scholar. As a Carson Scholar, Vivian will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. In celebration of her achievements, Vivian has been invited to attend the annual Carson Scholars Fund Pittsburgh Awards Ceremony April 8 at Heinz Field. There, Vivian, along with other Carson Scholars, will be honored for their accomplishments.

Thousands of students from across the nation are nominated each year by their schools based on their high academic achievement and their commitment to their communities through community service. This year, 483 students from across the nation, and 76 from Pennsylvania, were named 2017 Carson Scholars. Additionally, 872 students will renew their Carson Scholar status. Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Gwendolyn Davison will be among those who will renew her status.

Each year the fund awards $1,000 college scholarships and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar to a select group of high-achieving students in grades four-eleven who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. According to the Carson Scholars Fund website, “Their compassion for others, dedication to making a difference, and vision for the future is inspiring. Exhibiting self-reflection and perseverance, these scholars represent our future leaders.”

Over the past 20 years, the Carson Scholars Fund has awarded more than 7,300 scholarships to students. The Carson Scholars Fund was started by Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, and is dedicated to impacting the nation in a positive way by cultivating future leaders who are academically talented and socially conscious. The fund is a nonprofit public charity based in Maryland.