The purpose for which this non-profit corporation is organized is to support and promote the advancement of education, award annual scholarships, keep Bobcat Pride alive and communicate current and historical events to Benson Bobcat Alumni.
In our first year as the Benson Bobcat Alumni Association, we awarded $2,750 to three of the 2016 seniors, in 2017 we awarded $3,100 to four students and this past year three seniors received a total of $3500 plus an additional fourth “The Ultimate Bobcat” scholarship for $1,000 funded by the Maldonado family in honor of Chic. Making the 2018 total four students receiving $4,500. So, in three years of the Alumni Association’s existence we have been able to raise enough money to provide $10,350 to 11 BHS graduates to help further their education.
The recipients for this year were extremely motivated students, athletes and volunteers.
Britni Determan, held many leadership roles while attending Benson High School. She plans to attend the University of Arizona majoring in nursing and the on to becoming a doctor.
Jason Fletcher, a young man whose Benson school roots go back to his grandparents. Majoring in Engineering Science and playing baseball for The University of Mary.
Madison Furnas, held many leadership positions, played sports and was still able to carry a 4.10 GPA with plans to major in marketing at Arizona State University
The Ultimate Bobcat Scholarship – In memory of the Ultimate Bobcat, Frank (Chic) Maldonado. Funded by the Maldonado Family to a deserving student that shows promise to his legacy; that if you work hard encourage and mentor others along your journey, serve your community and believe in yourself, “you can succeed” and leave the “Center of the Universe” (as Chic called Benson, AZ) a better place. Angel Shigley a University of Arizona student majoring in biology and then on to peruse her dream of attending medical school and becoming a doctor, received this award.
We hope we are able to continue to raise the amount we are able to give in scholarships each year, which will only be possible with your help and support. Thank you to those who continue to give and those who can see a way to donate for our future scholarships as well.
We want the Alumni Association to continue to thrive not only for our students, our school but also in Chic’s memory as he wanted this group to continue to grow and give back to the school that gave so much to us.
Anyone wishing to give to the scholarship, general fund, or pay your dues please mail to P.O. Box 1, Benson, AZ 85602
And remember ONCE A BOBCAT, ALWAYS A BOBCAT!!!!