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, 2017

Applicants must meet specific criteria and have all of their application materials submitted by March 1, 2017.  Funds will be distributed directly to the institution in order to offset tuition, books, or housing expenses.



Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to apply, candidates need to be attending a four-year post-secondary school within ten months of award application date.
  • Candidates must be a current high school senior or undergraduate student. Graduate students will not be considered.
  • Candidates must demonstrates a strong work ethic, academic promise, athleticism, and service to community.

  • High School students must have a minimum weighted 3.5 GPA

  • Undergraduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be taking a full time academic course load.

  • Applicants with present or past participation in a junior lifeguard program or present or past employment as an ocean lifeguard will be given additional preference.


Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Application  (Application is open on January 1, 2017 )

  • 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)

  • Transcript - Upon request.  (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, 2017 Scholarship is open to applicants.

  • March 1,  2017- Scholarship Application Deadline. Must complete online application. Application will include a section to include a resume and essay.

  • April 2017- Notification of scholarship finalists and scheduling of oral interviews for top five candidates. Interview candidates are required to bring official transcripts.

  • May 2017- Notification of award recipients.

  • July 6, 2017 - Formal recognition and public announcement of scholarship recipients.


Please do not hesitate to contact the Advisory Board if you have any questions.

Please do not send transcripts, essays, or other materials unless requested.