One of America's premier physicians and a prolific author, Benjamin Carson, M.D., will headline Mississippi College’s annual scholarship dinner on April 22, 2014.
Dr. Carson achieved his childhood dream of becoming a physician despite the challenges of dire poverty and low self-esteem. His success has allowed him to become an inspirational role model for others.
“God has given us more than 14 billion cells and connections in our brain. Why would God give us such a complex organ system unless He expects us to use it? When we feed our 14 billion brain cells with information that will enrich us and help others, we are really learning to think big.”
— Benjamin Carson, M.D.
“Dr. Benjamin Carson is an immensely talented pediatric neurosurgeon, motivational speaker, and author of successful inspirational books,” says Ron Howard, vice president for academic affairs. “His memoir, Gifted Hands, reveals a man of deep commitment, real grit, and perseverance. Dr. Carson overcame long odds to become a world class surgeon and opinion maker, and we’re honored to have him share his experiences and insights with Mississippi College.”
Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. He directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years prior to his retirement in June 2013. He holds more than 60 honorary doctorates and has received hundreds of awards and citations. CNN and Time magazine have both recognized him as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land.
Dr. Carson is a contributor to FOX News, and serves as president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.
The fund has awarded more than $5.6 million to more than 5,600 scholars throughout the United States. Dr. Carson’s fifth book, America The Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made the Nation Great, was a 2012 New York Times bestseller. His latest book, One Nation, is scheduled for release in May 2014.
Dr. Carson joins an all-star roster of MC scholarship banquet keynote speakers who have headlined the event since its inception in 2008. Previous speakers have included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2013 and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2012. The banquets have generated more than $1.6 million in scholarship funds for Mississippi College.