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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.



Applicants must meet specific criteria and have all of their application materials submitted by March 1, 2019. 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 demonstrate a strong work ethic, academic promise, athleticism,

and service to the 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 the application portal. Please do not email

additional files.

• Essay- Submitted through the application portal. Applicants must complete

an essay that demonstrates how you exhibit the characteristics of Ben

Carlson and your educational goals. (Between 400 and 700 words).

Please do not email additional files.

• 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).

Please do not email transcript until requested.

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


• January 1, 2019 - Scholarship is open to applicants.

• March 1, 2019 - Scholarship Application Deadline. Must complete online

application. Application will include a section to include a resume and essay.

● May 2019 - Notification of scholarship finalists and scheduling of oral interviews

for top five candidates. Interview candidates are required to bring official


● May 2019 - Notification of award recipients.

● July, 6 2018 - Formal recognition and public announcement of scholarship


Please do not hesitate to contact the scholarship team

at if you have any questions.