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Over 500 local students honored for academic achievement at Carson Scholars Fund banquet

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 16:54:45-04

570 students from Maryland were honored today for their academic achievement at the Carson Scholars Fund awards ceremony. Founder, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights activist, and Dr. Mehmet Oz all took part in the ceremony at Martin’s West in Baltimore Sunday.

Every year, the organization selects students from fourth through eleventh grades showing high achievement. Schools submit nominations and $1,000 college scholarships are awarded to those selected.

161 students from Maryland were selected this year and were acknowledged along with those selected in previous years.

A spokesperson says over 8,000 scholarships have been awarded throughout the country since the fund’s inception.