The Ben Carlson Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is awarded annually to the two most deserving applicants based on outstanding
achievements in academics, athletics, service to society and sense of independence.
The 2020 Scholarship will open on January 1, 2020. Please check back to obtain information and updates.
2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Tanner will be starring his sophomore year at California Baptist University where he will continue to work on a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. He is currently a lifeguard for the California State Parks in San Diego California. He also works as an EMT at Paradise Valley Hospital and volunteers with the River Rescue lifeguards out of Bullhead City.
Jessica will her sophomore year at UCLA as a political science major. Jessica is a Newport Beach Lifeguard and competes in distance ocean swims and Club swimming at UCLA.
2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Taylor Gray recently graduated as a senior from Edison High School, in Huntington Beach, California and will be attending the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to study engineering. Taylor played was the captain her senior year and played varsity volleyball for three years and maintained a stellar academic record. Her academic and extra-curricular activities include participation in National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Make a Wish Club, numerous academic and character awards, and a rigorous course schedule while maintaining a 4.71 GPA. Taylor was a Huntington Beach junior lifeguard and works to help save money for her future expenses. Taylor displayed to integrity, humility, and a strong level of independence and an incredible work ethic. We are very pleased to help support Taylor in her future endeavors.
Kelly Schulte is starting his second year at UC Berkeley as an applied mathematics major. Kelly grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida and was a junior lifeguard for 9 year and then became a lifeguard and junior guard instructor. Kelly has competed and won several events at USLA Nationals. During high school, Kelly earned a 5.0 GPA, volunteered more than 750 hours, worked 15-20 hours a week, and was a Varsity swim and water polo player. Kelly has had several notable athletic achievements including swimming as a finalist in the Florida state championships. Kelly is one of five siblings and is gifted with a charismatic personality and strong sense of purpose and determination to succeed.
Tristan Curnow is a starting his final year as a business major at Point Loma University. Tristan is a California State Beach Lifeguard as well as a volunteer river rescue lifeguard in Laughlin, Nevada. Tristan was on both the Varsity swim and water polo teams in high school, was part of the CIF division championship teams during his freshman and senior years. Tristan earned 4.71 GPA in high school and was part of eight clubs in high school as well as the ASB athletic commissioner and representative to the board of trustees. Tristan started his own landscaping business at the age of ten and has interned in a law firm and in a marketing position and volunteers in orphanages in Tijuana. Tristan stood out as exceptionally hard working, independent, and driven to succeed despite life's obstacles.
2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Erin Haden attended high school at Indian River High School in Dagsboro, Deleware. She earned a 4.67 GPA in high school and will continue her studies in human anatomy and physiology as a premedical student at Boston University. Erin volunteers in the emergency department of a local hospital and also works as a lifeguard at Middlesex Beach. In addition she is the captain of both the varsity swim and field hockey teams at her high school. Erin demonstrates a strong passion and drive for success and manages to overcome obstacles and challenges. One of her personal goals is to give back by becoming a surgeon and serving in the the US military.
My first two years at Brown have been awesome! I’m enjoying my new experiences on the east coast, but have a new appreciation for California and look forward to making my way back west. I’ve been taking a full and difficult course load, and have made solid progress on my Biology major requirements. This past Spring semester was a tough one, but I did well and have completed all of the keystone Pre-Med requirements. While at school I work for a private ambulance company called Med-Tech after getting my EMT license last summer. This summer I am working at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute as an intern and I enjoy the exposure to the clinic and the doctors, as well as the patient interaction. I am also helping out with Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards and City aquatics events on my days off.I continue to be extremely grateful for all of your help in making my life-changing experiences at Brown possible.
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Peter Crocker was one of the 2016 Ben Carlson Memorial Scholarship recipients. Peter represents the Huntington City Beach Lifeguard department where he was a Lifeguard I for four years. After moving to Huntington Beach when he was 16, his swimming background quickly led him to lifeguarding where he developed a love for the ocean that permeated his daily life. Through his experience as a lifeguard, he learned invaluable lessons about hard work and respect but most importantly was introduced to the powerful and loving community that surrounds the ocean.
Peter is entering his fourth year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in robotics and is spending the summer working on autonomous vehicles at Uber ATG in Pittsburgh. While he no longer lifeguards, he spends every moment at home out on the water and even braves the cold Boston ocean when he can get out for a weekend. After graduation, Peter plans to complete his Masters in Computer Science at MIT and from there see where the tides take him!
Eric was a recipient of the Ben Carlson Scholarship in 2016. He is currently working for a marketing agency in Costa Mesa, the Brand Amp. He is also a Newport Beach lifeguard (reserve status) working on the weekends. Outside of his professional life, Eric is pursuing his creative passions of shooting photos and video of surf and wildlife. Eric is also volunteer on the oncology floor at CHOC Children's hospital once a week.
2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Ellie Cherryhomes received the Ben Carlson scholarship in 2015. She worked for the Galveston Island Beach Patrol for 5 years and was a junior lifeguard for 10. She has competed at the USLA National Championships for Team Texas both as a professional and junior lifeguard. During an expedition to India with National Geographic on a scholarship, she was highly encouraged to study photojournalism. She took their advice and is now graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism majoring with honors in Photojournalism and Peace Studies. She aspires to tell stories regarding environmental issues and human rights while living near a left point break.
Sina Riahi, a junior at San Francisco State University who is studying Business Management to fulfill his aspirations of becoming a Fireman/Lifeguard. Sina stood out to the Committee due to his many parallels to Ben – independence, life of service, financial responsibility, love of the water.
Sina is now a professional firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department.