Sara Oberle Selected as Carson Scholar

Congratulations to Sara Oberle for being selected as a 2021 Carson Scholar!  This is a prestigious national level award.  Participating schools are allowed to nominate only one person each year.  To qualify, students must have an overall GPA of 3.75 or higher and participate in meaningful and sustained community service.  With her honor, Sara will receive a $1000 scholarship, an Olympic-sized medal, and have her name placed on a trophy which will remain in Caddo Magnet’s front office.

From the Carson Scholar website (

The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. was founded in 1994 to address the education crisis in the United States.  When now retired world-renowned Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson, M.D. and his wife, Candy, read a research study about education in the United States, they were alarmed by the findings.  The study showed that our nation’s students ranked #21 out of 22 countries; next to the bottom of the list in science and math.  Furthermore, the Carsons observed that many school display cases were filled with large trophies paying tribute to their sport teams’ achievements, while honor students only received a pin or certificate.

Dr. and Mrs. Carson felt compelled to take action.  They believed that if children could be taught early to excel, they would stay motivated and have a higher chance of educational success later in life.  The Carson Scholars Fund was built on these principles.

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 more than 500 scholarships annually.  In total, we have awarded more than 10,000 scholarships across the country.  More than 3,500 Carson Scholars have been recognized for their academic and humanitarian achievements in multiple years.  Scholarship winners have attended more than 780 colleges and universities, and have received more than $7.6 million in scholarship funds to help finance their education.