Donald C. Benson;
C. Benson was a graduate of the Forensic Science Academy and a Deputy Sheriff for the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
While investigating a domestic dispute, Deputy Benson was killed in the line of duty. In his memory this scholarship program
was established in 1991.
The Virginia Forensic Science
Academy Alumni Association has formed a charitable foundation, the Donald C. Benson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. for the
general purpose of administering scholarship grants to qualifying individuals. Support from the VFSAAA, contributions from Association
members, the general public, and from law enforcement agencies will provide the Fund with money to finance scholarships.
Contributions are tax deductible as provided under IRS regulations.
The tax identification number for Donald
C. Benson Memorial Scholarship Fund is 54-1613304.
To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must be:
1. A dependent of a current active member of the VFSAAA, in good
2. Or a dependent of a former active member
of the VFSAAA, in good standing, who left the Association because of retirement or disability
3. Or a dependent of a deceased former member of the VFSAAA, who was in good standing
at his passing.
To apply the applicant
must submit the following items by the deadline of July 31st:
1. Completed application form,
Transcript of the applicant's high school record or most recent college transcript
3. A brief essay explaining why the applicant deserves the grant, to include accomplishments, and
participation in school and outside activities.
will be awarded subject to the following:
The applicant's need for assistance,
2. Awarded for
a period of one year, but a former recipient may reapply
The number of scholarships awarded each year will be limited by availability of funds and eligible applicants.
Please submit all application packets to the following
Detective Randolph "Brian"
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, VA 22503
(office) 804-462-6124 (fax)