The Richard “Dick” Benjamin Memorial Scholarship

The Savannah River Section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) awards the Benjamin Memorial Scholarship to Central Savannah River Area high school graduates and first-year technical college students to help defray college costs.  The awards are provided in the memory of long-time member, Dr. Richard (Dick) Benjamin (1925-2013) to students expressing academic and career interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and particularly those wishing to major in a field associated with nuclear science and technology.


2020 Benjamin Scholarship Winners Announced!


The Savannah River Section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) is awarding two 2020-2021 Benjamin Memorial Scholarships to Central Savannah River Area students. The Benjamin Scholarship students for this year are Nancy Kye of Evans High School and Kendall Leigh of South Aiken High School. Each student received a $2,000 Scholarship Award during a July 23, 2020, virtual presentation ceremony of the ANS Savannah River Section.

The near-term plans of the two Scholarship winners are in keeping with the STEM core areas intended for support through the Benjamin Memorial awards. This August, Ms. Kye will begin her studies in the Honors Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. Ms. Leigh also plans to major in Biomedical Engineering and will begin her studies at the Honors College at the University of South Carolina.

Commendation Award Winners
In addition to the Scholarship awards, three additional students are being recognized at the runners-up level through Benjamin Commendation awards. Students receiving the Commendation Award are Anna Burnett (Harlem High School) attending the University of Georgia with an intended major in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kelley Tran (Aquinas High School) attending the Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering, and Kyler Worthington (Lakeside High School) attending Yale University intending to major in Nuclear Physics.



The Benjamin Scholarship is made possible generous donations.  We are grateful for the many individual charitable gifts made by members and friends of the Savannah River Section of ANS.

ANS-SR would also like to thank all of the local businesses that helped make this award possible. Contributors to the 2020 Benjamin Scholarship included

  • Southern Nuclear Company –Plant Vogtle
  • Aiken businesses
    • Aiken2Escape
    • The Alley Taproom/Whiskey Alley
    • Spago
    • Epona
    • Plum Pudding
  • Augusta businesses
    • Partridge Inn
    • La Bonbonniere
    • Carriage House Inn

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Application Flyer

EXTENDED! 2020 Application Deadline: April 17, 2020.

CLICK HERE for the Extension Letter and Details

Dick Benjamin was a mentor to many nuclear science and technology professionals in the Aiken-Augusta area for over four decades.  He received his B.A. in Engineering from Lamar University, M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Texas in 1965.  After a three-year post-doctoral study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Dick came to the Augusta area in 1968 with the acceptance of employment at Savannah River Laboratory (now Savannah River National Laboratory).  He worked in many technical areas during his Savannah River Site career, most notably being the Reactor Physics, Atmospheric Technologies, and Advanced Planning Groups, and the Accelerator Production of Tritium Project. During his long and illustrious ANS career, he was active with the Fuel Cycle and Waste Management and Environmental Sciences Divisions, and was a chair for each division.  At the local level, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Savannah River Section of ANS, and served in several capacities.  In June 1992, Dr. Benjamin represented ANS at the first United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Rio de Janeiro.

See Some of Our Past Winners

  • $2,000 Competitive scholarship, given in memory of Dr. Richard W. Benjamin towards first-year of a Four-Year College or either year of a Two-Year Technical College program.
  • Seeking students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers and especially with a focus in Nuclear Science and Technology.
  • Current CSRA graduating high school seniors or first-year technical college students are eligible.

Application Materials:

  1. Cover letter including the student’s name, address, evening phone number, current school, and home email address
  2. An essay of no more than 300 words on why a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and particularly in nuclear science and technology, is the goal of the student.
  3. High school transcripts (seven semesters for current high school seniors), plus first-semester transcripts for applicants who are first-year technical college students.  For students who have been out of high school more than 10 years, a third reference letter may be used in lieu of high school transcripts.
  4. Two (2) reference letters of recommendation from education institution and/or community organization individuals (e.g., teachers, coaches, service or religious organization, etc.).
  5. Name of college or technical school to which the Benjamin Scholarship would be applied.

Applications must be received no later than April 17, 2020, and can be sent either by:

Email :, and enter “Benjamin Memorial Scholarship” in the subject line and include required information as attachments;

U.S. mail: Benjamin Memorial Scholarship, ANS Savannah River Section, P.O. Box 7001, Aiken, SC 29804

Include all required attachments. Recommendation letters and school transcripts may be sent separately.
The ANS Savannah River Section Scholarship Selection Committee will inform winners by early May 2019. Scholarship award payments will be made to scholarship recipients, prior to the start of the 2019- 2020 year. Payments are intended for the scholar’s educational material (e.g., books, laptop computer), tuition and fees, or living expenses.

If you have any questions, please email Kevin O’Kula ans.savannahriver@