JOHNSBURG-This spring, Chelsea Gazaille, a junior at Johnsburg Central School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Carson Scholars Fund. In April she attended the 15th annual awards banquet in Washington, D.C., with the 500 other recipients from 45 states to accept the award. Gazaille was one of two scholars from New York.
The Carson Scholar Fund was created by Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon at John Hopkins Hospital, and his wife Candy to honor students from elementary to high school who show academic excellence. Also attending the conference was legendary newscaster, Sam Donaldson; Jim Sinegal, the CEO of Costco Wholesale; Roland Betts, founder and chairman of Chelsea Piers, L.P.; Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, the director of the National Institutes of Health; and John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens football team.
The banquet was more than a simple dinner party; it was an opportunity for ambitious students to hear the amazing stories of some of the most inspiring leaders in the nation. The scholars also had the chance to meet Dr. Carson himself. When Gazaille arrived at the banquet, she was amazed to discover how prestigious the award truly is.
"I didn't expect to be sitting a few feet away from the director of the Human Genome Project," said Gazaille. "It was exciting to know that I was a part of such a renowned organization."