Ben Carlson was a Newport Beach Lifeguard that died in the line of duty July 6, 2014. Ben exhibited an exceptional work ethic, love of the ocean, compassion, athleticism, and scholastic performance.  The Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation offers two $10,000 scholarship in Ben’s memory.


The Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation seeks to create a sustainable legacy of Ben Carlson through scholarship, ocean safety, and philanthropy.




STARTING Jan. 1, 2018

Applicants must meet specific criteria and have all of their application materials submitted by March 1, 2018.  Funds will be distributed directly to the institution in order to offset tuition, books, or housing expenses.



Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet each of these minimum requirements to be considered for the scholarship.

  • In order to apply, candidates need to be attending a four-year post-secondary school within ten months of award application date.

  • Applicants must be a current high school senior or undergraduate student. Students continuing or applying to graduate schools will not be considered.

  • Applicants must demonstrates a strong work ethic, academic promise, athleticism, and service to community.

  • High School students must have a minimum unweighted 3.2 GPA, and  undergraduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be taking a full-time academic course load.

  • Applicants must have present or past participation in a junior lifeguard program or present or past employment as an ocean lifeguard

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Application  (Application will open January 1)  

  • Resume-Submitted through application.

  • Essay- Submitted through application. Applicants must complete an essay that demonstrates how you exhibit the characteristics of Ben Carlson and your educational goals.   (Between 400 and 700 words)

  • Transcripts will be required for verification upon request of the scholarship committee. (High school students should include first semester, college students should include high school transcript and any college transcripts)

  • Oral Interview with the BCMSF Board (Top 5 candidates)



  • January 1, 2018 Scholarship is open to applicants.

  • July, 6 2018- Formal recognition and public announcement of scholarship recipients.

  • May 2018- Notification of award recipients.

  • April 2018- Notification of scholarship finalists and scheduling of oral interviews for top five candidates. Interview candidates are required to bring official transcripts.

  • March 1,  2018- Scholarship Application Deadline. Must complete online application. Application will include a section to include a resume and essay.


Please do not hesitate to contact the scholarship team

at if you have any questions.