Dr. Benjamin S. Carson to speak at annual scholarship banquet

Ben Carson, former pediatric neurosurgeon, will be the 16th speaker to be featured at Union's annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 22.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, former pediatric neurosurgeon, will be the 16th speaker to be featured at Union’s annual Scholarship Banquet. | Submitted Photo

From poverty to excellence, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, former pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, followed the path that was set forth by his mother when she told Carson to strive for excellence.

Carson will be the featured speaker at Union’s 16th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 22 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

Carson is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology and pediatrics at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., and dedicated 25 years to directing pediatric neurosurgery at the center.

According to Union’s website, President David Dockery said the university is blessed to be able to host Carson at this year’s banquet.

“Ben Carson participates in the highest sphere of health care in this country,” Dockery said.

“He is a person of great influence, as seen by his role in the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. His powerful story is inspirational, edifying and challenging. We will be incredibly blessed to have him as our keynote speaker for the 2013 Scholarship Banquet.”

Carson has received more than 60 honorary doctorates and awards for his work and achievements.

According to CarsonScholars.org, CNN and TIME Magazine honored Carson in 2001 by naming him one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists.

He also was selected by the Library of Congress that same year as “one of 89 ‘Living Legends’” to celebrate the Library of Congress’ 200th anniversary.

Carson is the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, recognizing students for extraordinary academic achievements.

The fund has given more than $5 million to more than 5,000 students.

Union has raised more than $5.5 million for student scholarships through its annual banquets.


For ticket information, including table sponsorships and individual seating options contact the Office of University Relations at (731) 661-5050.

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