Caroline Orcutt, FWBHS, Recognized as 2020 Carson Scholar
Caroline Orcutt, Fort Walton Beach High School, has been recognized as 2020 Carson Scholar. Orcutt is the first Carson Scholar from Okaloosa County. Caroline excels in the classroom with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and AP Scholar with Distinction honors. Beyond the classroom, she volunteered 292 hours in 2019 supporting various school and community service programs. Her volunteer activities ranged from working with children in Church programs and as a volunteer swim coach to suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs. Caroline’s experience growing up in a military family and moving 15 times motivated her to create “A Viking Welcome” which hosts orientations and welcomes new transfer students to Fort Walton Beach HS. She explained her passion for community service, saying, “I am very active in community service because I believe that is one of the most important ways that we can put our talents to use.” In addition to a $1,000 scholarship, Caroline received a Carson Scholar medal, certificate, and souvenir program book. Fort Walton Beach High School will be receiving a trophy to recognize Caroline and future Viking Carson Scholars.
The Carson Scholars are exceptional, not only in the academic setting, but in their communities and globally. Carson Scholars are individuals in grades 4-1 who display outstanding academic achievement (at least a 3.75 GPA) and humanitarian qualities. New scholars receive a $1,000 college scholarship and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar.
Additional information regarding the recognition of these amazing scholars may be found on their website, www.carsonscholars.org, as it becomes available.
The Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 1994 by now retired, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy. The CSF is dedicated to impacting the nation in a positive way by cultivating future leaders who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to their communities.