The International African American Prosthetic & Orthotic Coalition (IAAPOC) awarded two Sam D. Benson Scholarships at its 2013 Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference held March 21-23 in Atlanta, Georgia. The scholarship is named for Sam D. Benson, CO, the first president of IAAPOC, and is awarded annually to a prosthetics and/or orthotics student. The 2013 recipients are Delisa Lawson and Juan Cave II.
Lawson is attending the master of science in prosthetics and orthotics (MSPO) program at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta. She is in her second semester and is scheduled to graduate in 2014. Lawson received her bachelor of science degree from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in biomedical engineering with a minor in Spanish.
Cave is attending the master of science of health sciences, orthotics and prosthetics option, program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, with an expected graduation in 2014. He received his bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering in 2011from Georgia Tech.
Each recipient received $1,000 to assist them in their pursuit of an O&P career.