Todd Benson served as a board member Laureate Education, Inc. In this role, Todd Benson contributed to the growth, expansion, and success of Laureate Education.

In his honor, the Todd Benson Scholarship for Leadership and Business Management was created. This scholarship recognizes those who demonstrate the potential to excel as a business leader. Previously recognized students include:

This scholarships awards one full-tuition scholarship for new students enrolling in an undergraduate program within the College of Management and Technology:

Scholarship Eligibility

The recipient of the Todd Benson Scholarship must:

  • Be a new student enrolling in a Walden University undergraduate program within the College of Management and Technology between March 26, 2018 and December 31, 2019.
  • Have not received another merit-based Walden scholarship before January 1, 2018.
    • See Scholarship Funding details below for information regarding any merit-based Walden scholarship received after January 1, 2018.
  • Not be employed by Laureate Education Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.
    • Excluding Graduate Assistants employed by Walden University, who are eligible for this scholarship
  • Meet all admission requirements with the university in receipt of all of the applicant’s official documentation and be fully admitted into the eligible program.
  • Affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting Walden University and its programs.

Scholarship Criteria and Application Process

Applicants must:

  • Call an enrollment advisor at 844-398-6089.
  • Complete the scholarship application.
  • Submit a cover letter explaining his or her interest in and qualifications for the scholarship.
  • Write a 1-2 page essay on a topic reflecting his or her knowledge of and interest in business or information technology.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or supervisor familiar with the applicant’s leadership skills.
  • Submit a current résumé or CV demonstrating:
    • Evidence of academic and extracurricular activities focused on business and entrepreneurship, including clubs, social service organizations, etc.
    • Potential to excel as a business leader.
  • All materials listed above should be sent in one email to by May 31, 2019. The email should contain the subject line “Todd Benson Scholarship <Applicant’s First and Last Name>”.
  • Please note that email is the only allowable method of submission; faxes, mail, etc. will not be accepted.
  • All required information must be provided in order for a nomination to be considered. Applicants may be contacted by phone to confirm the authenticity of information submitted.

Deadlines and Start Date

The Todd Benson Scholarship is available to students admitted for a start date between March 26, 2018 and December 31, 2019.

This scholarship will have an application deadline of May 31, 2019.

  • Winners will be announced in August 2019.
  • Scholarship winners, if not already enrolled in 2019, must enroll and start classes before December 31, 2019 or the scholarship will be forfeited.

Selection Process

A committee comprised of College of Management and Technology faculty will review applications and select the scholarship recipient. The committee members will make the final selection of the scholarship recipient, and their choice is final.

Candidates will be evaluated on their:

  • Academic track record
  • Proposed contributions to the university, as indicated in his/her cover letter and/or essay
  • Leadership potential, as evidenced by their resume, extracurricular activities, and letter of recommendation

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a scholarship must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the program by signing a release form that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, inclusion on the Walden website and other similar public relations activities. All such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

This full-tuition scholarship will be dispersed to cover up to the costs of tuition for an undergraduate degree program in the College of Management and Technology over the life of the enrolled program starting as soon as the August term start. If a student has a previous merit-based Walden scholarship that was received after January 1, 2018, disbursements from the previous scholarship will end simultaneously to funds from a higher value merit-based scholarship being applied.

Scholarship funds will not be applied to any past due balance or outstanding bills or charges. Students will not receive cash back at any time. For funds to be disbursed, the student’s records with the Office of Admissions must be complete, including the student’s official transcript. At any given time, if a scholarship disbursement exceeds the cost of tuition, funds will be disbursed in the amount up to the tuition cost.

Students who withdraw from the program or university or change to another degree program outside the College of Management and Technology are not eligible for this scholarship and will forfeit the scholarship. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden for funds already disbursed to them. In order for scholarship funding to continue until the award is depleted, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. If a student is in a new quarter and forfeited in the previous quarter (due to internal lag time), the student will receive a revised bill for the prior quarter, in which the scholarship was received.

All recipients who enroll in a Walden program are responsible for the technology fee each term as well. Recipients are responsible for all other non-tuition costs including but not limited to residency travel and other university or program fees as applicable.

This scholarship can be combined with one other tuition reduction, such as, but not limited to, one of the following:

  • a limited-time savings, such as a grant or percentage tuition reduction
  • a partnership discount
  • a standard tuition reduction opportunity

If a student has more than one tuition reductions applying to their account when being awarded a scholarship, the tuition reduction with the highest life-time value will be retained, and disbursements from all other tuition reductions will end simultaneously the start of the scholarship fund disbursements.

Only one scholarship award can be applied to a student’s tuition.

This scholarship is not managed by Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Please call an enrollment advisor at 844-398-6089 for more information.

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