Published: Apr 20, 2011 7:07 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 4:07 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, in partnership with the Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to 49 fifth grade students; one in each of the elementary schools in the School District of Lee County.

The scholarships were awarded based on academic merit (3.75 GPA or higher), civic engagement and a nomination from their school principal.

According to Marshall T. Bower, Esq., President & CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, “Carson Scholars are some of the best and brightest students in Lee County. Earning excellent grades, supporting the community and making an impression on the principal are not easy tasks but these students did it. They are role models and deserve this recognition.”
 
On April 16th at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, the scholarship recipients were honored at the annual Carson Scholars Banquet, awarded a medal of honor and recognized as a role model for other students.

Additionally, 30 Lee County students were recognized as renewing their Carson Scholar status. These previous winners have maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities and were recognized for their continued efforts.  Dr. Benjamin Carson, famed neurosurgeon and founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, delivered an inspirational keynote address.