Saints Peter & Paul 5th grader, Vincent Dyer, son of Dr. Paul and Kimberly Dyer, is the recipient of the prestigious Carson Scholar award for 2017. In a ceremony hosted by Dr. Carson, Vincent was recognized for being a student who "exemplifies academic excellence and humanitarian qualities." Vincent received a $1,000 scholarship invested toward a four year college or university and an Olympic-sized medal and certificate. He and his family had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ben Carson, founder of the Carson Scholars Fund.
The goal of the Carson Fund is to encourage students' interest in college at an early age. The monetary award also helps with the cost of that college education. Students in grades 4-11 are nominated by their schools and there can be only one nominee per school. This means that each school must be really selective in their nominations. Students selected must be leaders within their school community. Students must have a minimum 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale and must display strong humanitarian qualities. Carson Scholars participate in community service above and beyond what is required by their schools. Vincent finds ways to serve his community through involvement with the parish at Saints Peter & Paul, his den in Cub pack 190 and current scouting with Troop 190 in Easton. Vincent's 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Trevino, says of Vincent, "Vincent represents many of the qualities of a great leader. He shows dedication to detail and determination in his pursuit of success. Based on his essay, he also shows a wonderful compassion towards his mother."
Vincent's family is grateful to the teachers of Saints Peter & Paul who have provided guidance and a wonderful education of mind, body and spirit for Vincent. Mrs. Leve and Mrs. Trevino, his 5th grade teachers have been especially influential in Vincent's success in the classroom. Vincent's father, Dr. Paul Dyer, reflected on the Ben Carson Awards Banquet and said, "This was a very impressive event to salute over 300 new and returning Carson Scholars from the East Coast. The themes presented in the speeches by Dr. Carson and guest presenter, Steve Harvey, were hard work, innovation, helpfulness, creativity, and thankfulness." Vincent admitted, "This award encourages me to continue to get good grades in school and do the best in everything I do!"