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 16 San Diego County Students Honored As Carson Scholars

​The Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) is proud to announce that 11 San Diego County students have been named 2016 Carson Scholars.

Each year the CSF recognizes a select group of high achieving students in grades 4–11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar. In addition, five San Diego County students have renewed their Carson Scholar status. These previous winners have maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities and are being recognized for their efforts. 

Congratulations to first-time scholars:

  • Noorhan Amana of Mount Everest Academy
  • Jon Carpadakis of Hilltop High School
  • Yareli Cervantes Perez of Preuss School UCSD
  • Marilin Colli of El Camino High School
  • Hannah Gill of Mountain Valley Academy
  • April Oertle of Junipero Serra High School
  • Christian Robles of San Ysidro High School
  • Daniel Rodriguez of Mission Hills High School
  • Meghan Stashak of Mission Vista High School
  • Adriana Vilaysith of Crawford High School
  • Kate Zielinski of Rancho Buena Vista High School

And to repeat scholars:

  • Mykaela Barnes of High Tech High North County
  • Annette Burns of Mountain Valley Academy
  • Nhi Duong of Crawford High School
  • Lauren Haneke-Hopps of Patrick Henry High School
  • Arthi Haripriyan of Pacific Ridge School

To celebrate their accomplishments, the San Diego County scholars will be honored along with their West Coast peers at an awards banquet on April 24 in the Montezuma Hall at the Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University. Retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson will deliver the keynote speech.

To date, the Carson Scholars Fund has awarded more than 7,300 scholarships to promising young students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This year, 625 students were named 2016 Carson Scholars. These students represent all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition, 841 students renewed their Carson Scholar status. Scholars across the country will be recognized at seven additional regional awards banquets throughout the spring.

The Carson Scholars Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity founded by Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy. The Carson Scholars Fund is dedicated to impacting the nation in a positive way by cultivating future leaders who are academically talented and socially conscious.