Beau Biden’s Legacy Continues in Scholarships Awarded to Student Leaders

This year’s Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship winners (l to r) Benjamin Stewart, Julia Frank, Allison Stuebing and Alia Marshall

To many, Beau Biden was a man who embodied selflessness, service and inspired a foundation dedicated to protecting children.

In the past four years since his death, students have been awarded college scholarships in reward for exemplifying  “the virtues of Beau: qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and a strong moral compass.”

The Delaware based I Can Do Great Things Foundation established the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship in 2015 for graduating high school students. The foundation, founded by philanthropists Stuart and Suzanne Grant in 2009, provides funding for projects “that can improve the life of one individual, one community or the entire world.”

This year the I Can Do Great Things Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to four students. Each of the winners said that the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship was the largest single outside scholarship (other than monies awarded by the schools they are attending) they received to put toward their college studies.

This year’s recipients are Allison Stuebing of Newark, Alia Marshall of Rehoboth Beach, Benjamin Stewart of Middletown, and Julia Frank of Wilmington.

Padua Academy senior Allison Steubing earned the “Gold” Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship. She will enroll at the University of Delaware in the fall.

Gold winner Stuebing, who was awarded $10,000, served as a Student Council Executive Officer, a Padua Student Ambassador, and a Blue-Gold Ambassador.

She is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Ronald’s Rescue Executive Council, and the Blue-Gold Executive Board, among other organizations. Additionally, she was a member of the volleyball and swim teams, and has achieved the highest Girl Scout Honor – the Gold Award.

“I’m excited that this award reflects the wonderful mentors I’ve had over the years,” Stuebing said. Stuebing plans to pursue a marketing major at the University of Delaware. The award will not only help her tuition but affords her the opportunity to study abroad in her dream location, South Africa.

Silver winners Alia Marshall, Ben Stewart and Julia Frank were each granted $5,000.

Silver scholarship winner Alia Marshall recently graduated from Cape Henlopen. She will enroll at Northwestern in the fall.

“It is an honor to be awarded something that represents such an amazing person as Beau,” said Alia Marshall, who just graduated from Cape Henlopen High School and is already working at the beach.

Alia was a standout 12-Varsity letter athlete at Cape Henlopen, playing lacrosse and Field hockey all four years, and she looks forward to playing field hockey at Northwestern University. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Marshall served as the vice president for Cape’s Muscle Movement Foundation chapter. She was also a member of the Leo Club and National Honor Society and served as Treasurer of the student government.

Marshall plans to study speech pathology at the Evanston, Illinois school.

Tennis captain and class president Ben Stewart will study computer science at Duke

Ben Stewart, a senior at Appoquinimink High School, developed a learning review app called “Blooket” to be released this year. Stewart is also senior class president, captain of the tennis team, and a CTE ambassador for both Science Olympiad and Computer Science Pathway. He is also a member of Business Professionals of America and Math League.

“I think technology is the best way for me to make an impact on society,” Stewart said.

The scholarship will go toward his tuition at Duke University, where he will continue to delve further into technology as a computer science major.

Julia Frank – first in her senior class at Cab Calloway – says community service has been a big part of her life

Frank graduates from Cab Calloway this spring, where she is first in her class and president of National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, she serves as President, VP of Recruitment, and VP of Jewish Programming & Community Service of her BBYO Chapter, and is a CTeen Chapter Leader.

Frank has volunteered for countless organizations, including Family Promise, Ronald McDonald House and the Jewish Relief Agency. She will attend Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she hopes to play club or intramural softball and continue her interest in giving back to her community. “I see myself pursuing opportunities to interact with the greater Philadelphia community,” she said.

She was honored to be a Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship winner. “I am so grateful to have been awarded this generous scholarship. The award will help alleviate the financial burden of college for my family and allow me to more deeply explore my interests at Penn. It is an honor to carry on Beau’s memory,” she said.

In the last three years, 15 Delaware students have received these scholarships, totaling more than $50,000.

2018 Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship winner Delaney Doran (Mt. Pleasant ’18, UD ’22) on a hiking trip in Guadarrama Park last fall

“I hope that this year’s winners can capitalize on this amazing opportunity,” said last year’s gold winner Delaney Doran.

Doran, who is a member of the World Scholars program at the University of Delaware, said the scholarship allowed her to travel more extensively during fall semester abroad in Madrid, Spain.

One of the five countries she visited was Morocco. “I learned a few Arabic phrases, spoke with a farmer and had traditional tea with his family, and talked about political issues with local college students. I am beyond thankful to the Grants and the Biden family. Their generosity made my study abroad experience better than I could have ever imagined.”

Marigrace Ferrill (Padua ‘18) is in the honors program at the University of Delaware (‘22) and is also a past recipient of the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship. She said her $5,000 award allowed her to focus strictly on academics while navigating a challenging engineering curriculum. She continues to try and uphold Beau’s values in an attempt to better a divided world, she said.

“This year’s winners demonstrate a diverse range of achievements in service, from entrepreneurship to social activism,” Stuart Grant said. “We were blown away by what these students have already accomplished, and we are sure they will go on to do truly great things.”

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Ellie Watson

Ellie Watson

Ellie Watson is a sophomore at the University of Richmond, majoring in journalism. She writes for her school paper, The Collegian, in addition to being a coordinator for her school’s chapter of Camp Kesem.