CALDWELL RECOGNIZES SCHOLARS

Following a late night win in Tennessee, Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell took time on Monday to recognize the 2009 recipients of the Carson Scholars Fund scholarships.

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Head Coach and His Wife Honor Students for Their Academic Achievements

INDIANAPOLIS – After leading the Colts to a 31-9 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night, Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell had another important task on his schedule Monday evening. Joined by his wife, Cheryl, Caldwell hosted the 3rd Annual Carson Scholars Indianapolis Awards Dinner to recognize this year's 82 scholarship recipients.

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The students were joined by their parents, family members, teachers and friends to enjoy this special evening at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel on IUPUI's campus. Each of the winning students was nominated by one of their teachers or advisors for this scholarship, which is awarded to Indiana youth in grades 4-11 who have maintained a 3.75 GPA or higher and have demonstrated strong humanitarian qualities.

After enjoying dinner, Caldwell addressed the students and encouraged them to dream big and follow their dreams. Each of the winners then received a certificate and medal from Caldwell to recognize their achievements. This was the largest group of scholarship winners the Indianapolis Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund has awarded since its inception in 2005. Last year, 22 students received scholarships.

Earlier this year, Caldwell and his wife hosted the 5th Annual Colts Celebrity Showdown to raise funds for the Indianapolis Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund. The Indianapolis Chapter was started in 2005 by former head coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren. With the help of Dungy and Caldwell, the chapter has raised more than $700,000 and has created five endowments ($25,000 each), including one at each of four Indianapolis Public Schools, and awarded 124 individual $1,000 scholarships to Indiana students.

**About Carson Scholars Fund

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Founded by world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy, the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes and rewards students, grades 4-11, with college scholarships for academic and humanitarian achievements. For more information, please visit www.carsonscholars.org.

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