BEN CARLSON SCHOLARSHIP
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.
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.
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
• 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.