High School Teacher to Be Honored by the Carson Scholars Fund

Fox Chapel Area High School orchestra director Mairi Cooper is being honored by the Carson Scholars Fund. Cooper will receive the Fund’s Power of Excellence Award at the annual Pittsburgh Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund Awards Ceremony April 8, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Heinz Field in the East Club Lounge. Cooper was also Pennsylvania’s 2015 Teacher of the Year and is chairperson of the high school’s music department. As the award recipient, she will address the 247 students in attendance at the ceremony who have been named this year’s Carson Scholars and those who are renewing their Carson Scholar status. Additionally, retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is also slated to speak at the event.

Cooper will be presented at the banquet by Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Gwendolyn Davison. Gwen, who is one of Cooper’s orchestra students, was named a Carson Scholar in 2016 and has qualified to renew her status this year. Additionally, Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Vivian Shao is also being named a 2017 Carson Scholar for the first time. Students are named Carson Scholars and renew their status based on their high academic achievement and their commitment to their communities through community service and they receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

To date, the Carson Scholars Fund has awarded more than 7,800 scholarships to promising young students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This year, 483 students from across the nation were named 2017 Carson Scholars. In addition, 869 students renewed their Carson Scholar status. Scholars across the country will be recognized at seven additional regional awards banquets throughout the spring.

The Carson Scholars Fund was started by Dr. Carson and his wife, Candy, and is dedicated to impacting the nation in a positive way by cultivating future leaders who are academically talented and socially conscious. The fund is a non-profit public charity based in Maryland.