Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation


Benjamin F. Ward was a beloved resident advisor and professor of Philosophy, Arabic, Comparative Literature, and German Studies at Duke University for thirty-four years, as well as the long-time leader of the Pitchforks, Duke’s popular men’s a capella group.  Ward also served as a weekly volunteer at Urban Ministries of Durham for more than twenty years and earned both Duke’s Humanitarian Service Award and its Employee Community Service Award.

This scholarship, as a gift from Mr. Ward’s estate, is intended to honor his life and commitment to education and community service. It will provide financial assistance to individuals seeking to improve themselves by furthering their education at a public or private college or university in North Carolina.


In order to be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be graduating high school seniors
  • Reside in Durham, Orange, Wake, or Chatham counties for a minimum of at least one year
  • Plan to pursue a 4-year degree as a full-time student at an accredited public or private college or university in North Carolina
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service and involvement
  • Demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate family financial need


Awards will be valued at $2,500 per academic year, renewable for up to four years, for a total award of $10,000 per student. Payments will be sent annually and the student must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and submit a short report at the conclusion of each semester in order to receive renewal payments. Scholarships can be used for tuition, required fees, textbooks, and room and board at any accredited public or private four-year college or university in North Carolina.

Application Deadline

February 28, 2019

How To Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this scholarship.

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Sarah Battersby

Senior Scholarships & Education Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Email [email protected]