Nicholas V. Cherico, a Clarion Area High School sophomore, was recently named a Ben Carson Scholar and will travel to Heinz Field in April for the prestigious awards ceremony. Nick was nominated in October by his guidance counselor, Mrs. Debbie Burford and Principal, John Kimmel.
The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. An interested student must be nominated by an educator at his or her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. Only one student from each school is able to apply, ensuring that each nominee epitomizes academic excellence. Carson Scholars must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service.
The Carson Scholars Program is more than a simple monetary scholarship program. It starts young, encouraging a college-going culture in homes and schools across the country. Scholars have an incentive to achieve academically and are exposed to inspirational adult leaders. More importantly, Carson Scholars are role models in their schools and encourage their peers to succeed academically and contribute to their communities. Collectively, they are shaping a better future for themselves, their schools and the country.