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Caleb Benton


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Being a first-generation American, I'm determined to change the story of my family and become the ray of success in a lineage where prosperity has always eluded the family. Motivated by a strong desire to overcome obstacles, my goal is to use diligence and determination to forge a prosperous path. I want to push the boundaries of what my family can achieve with each milestone, encouraging the next generation to have ambitious dreams. Pursuing greatness in my selected area, I'm dedicated to exceeding all anticipations and creating a durable heritage of success. My life's work is to turn the narrative from one of hardship to one of triumph, making success our new standard.


Riverview High School

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Aviation & Aerospace

    • Dream career goals:



      Junior Varsity
      2015 – Present9 years

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Under Armor Under the Lights — Coach
        2022 – 2023
      Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
      Understanding the nature of our universe is a vital undertaking that goes to the heart of our existence. Seeking to understand the universe allows us to answer fundamental questions about how everything began and where we fit in the big scheme of things. The quest for understanding the cosmos is analogous to a voyage across time and space. We want to figure out how the universe came to be, which will help us understand our own origins. This attempt is more than an academic exercise; it has far-reaching ramifications for our understanding of reality, our place in the universe, and humanity's future. The more we understand about the universe, the more we comprehend how linked everything is and the delicate balance that allows life to exist on our planet. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the most intriguing tools we have for this mission. This cutting-edge instrument enables us to peek farther into space than ever before, gathering hitherto impossible data. The JWST's superior technology allows it to collect photos and data from the universe's earliest moments, offering insights into the birth of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems. The importance of JWST cannot be emphasized. It represents a significant step forward in our abilities to investigate the universe, providing a sharper and more detailed picture of the universe's infancy. Studying the light from the first stars and galaxies can help us comprehend how the universe formed over billions of years. This, in turn, enhances our understanding of the fundamental forces and processes that have shaped everything we see today. In addition to investigating the beginnings of the cosmos, the JWST has the ability to answer questions concerning life beyond Earth. By examining exoplanet atmospheres, the telescope can find evidence of habitability and even potential biosignatures. This could fundamentally alter our concept of life in the universe and our place within it. The search of knowledge about the universe also has practical purposes. The technological improvements required to build and run the JWST have fueled innovation in a variety of sectors, including materials research and data processing. These inventions frequently have applications outside astronomy, contributing to advances in other scientific disciplines and even daily technologies. Furthermore, the quest to comprehend the universe develops a sense of global cooperation and common purpose. The JWST project brings together scientists and engineers from around the world to work toward a shared goal. This spirit of collaboration is critical in addressing other global concerns, such as climate change and public health emergencies. Reflecting on the significance of this exploration, the study of the cosmos necessitates a diligent and ongoing endeavor. The JWST will provide insights after years of planning, collaboration, and research. This approach not only develops our scientific knowledge, but it also improves our critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and communication skills. The investigation of the universe instills a sense of wonder and curiosity. It reminds us of the vastness of the universe and our little, but significant, place within it. This perspective can be both humbling and uplifting, motivating us to seek more understanding and push the limits of what is possible. Finally, the relevance of attempting to better comprehend the nature of our universe stems from the fundamental concerns it raises about our origins and position in the universe. The James Webb Space Telescope is a significant step forward in this effort, providing unprecedented chances to investigate the depths of space and time. The JWST promises to advance our understanding of the universe, with far-reaching consequences for science, technology, and humankind as a whole. This exploration allows us to satisfy our intrinsic curiosity and seek answers to the most profound questions about existence.
      Craig Huffman Memorial Scholarship
      I have always been fascinated by the thought of traveling to new places and seeing the sky. My early years were filled with dreams of space flight and amazement at the engineering feats of spacecraft, which led to my interest in aviation. When I studied more about the science, technology, and human endeavor that constitute aviation, my interest did not merely fade into a passing phase; rather, it became a deep-seated passion. My early experiences as well as my intense curiosity about flight mechanics shaped my path toward aviation. I was intrigued to the innovations and difficulties that characterize this dynamic discipline of aerospace engineering, whether I was reading about the pioneers of the field or making model airplanes. My experiences outside of aviation have not only piqued my technical curiosity but also helped me develop strong leadership qualities. I got the chance to work at Chick-fil-A as a team leader during my high school years, and I spent three of my four years there. I learned so much about accountability, cooperation, and clear communication in this role. I was tasked with managing several facets of day-to-day operations as a team leader, such as organizing work, settling disputes, and guaranteeing a satisfying client experience. As part of my duties, I had to set an example for the team and create a positive atmosphere that inspired everyone to give their all. During this time, I learned a lot about leadership, one of which was the value of flexibility and problem-solving skills. In a fast-paced setting such as Chick-fil-A, unforeseen difficulties were commonplace. Whether it was managing an unexpected influx of clients or resolving a staffing issue, I rapidly developed the ability to think quickly and make decisions that were advantageous to my team and the company. In addition, I learned from my experience at Chick-fil-A how important empathy and comprehension are in leadership. I was able to foster an environment of respect and cooperation among my team members by carefully listening to their worries and suggestions. This strategy increased client satisfaction and our overall performance while also boosting staff morale. I think my transferable leadership skills—adaptability, problem-solving, empathy, and effective communication—will be very useful to me in the aviation industry. Similar to team management, aviation demands exact coordination, effective communication, and the capacity to overcome unforeseen obstacles. I am dedicated to putting these skills to use to advance the industry, whether I am managing a team on an aviation-related project, working as a member of a flight crew, or collaborating with engineers on creative concepts. To sum up, my lifelong love of learning and adventure, together with early experiences that gave me valuable leadership skills, have influenced my path towards aviation. My passion for this has motivated me to want to keep learning, developing, and making a contribution to aviation in the future.
      Tom LoCasale Developing Character Through Golf Scholarship
      For me, the game of golf has been a journey of highs and lows that has taught me the value of resilience and composure—two of the most important life skills. Golf seemed to incite anger and irritation in me at first; it was a sport that brought out the worst in me. I became angrier and more impatient with each mishit, missed putt, and lost ball because it seemed like a personal failure. But as time has gone on, I've grown to understand that golf is more than simply a physical game—it's also a cerebral struggle that represents the difficulties of real life. I've managed to channel the lessons I've learnt from my golfing experiences into resilience and peace by being persistent and reflecting on them. Golf is a special kind of testing your mental toughness and patience. I had a hard time handling obstacles on the route at the beginning. A bad shot would send me into a tailspin of annoyance, impairing my judgment and performance. But as time went on, I realized that hardships are a necessary component of both life and the game. I came to terms with the fact that errors are inevitable and that obsessing over them makes matters worse. Rather, I concentrated on maintaining my composure, owning up to my mistakes, and moving on with a clear head. This change in viewpoint did not occur suddenly. It required many rounds of golf, with each one offering a unique mix of obstacles and chances for improvement. I eventually came to understand the value of resilience and mindfulness. I developed emotional self-control, turning my annoyances into drive to push through with my resolve. Instead of allowing a poor shot to end my round, I started to view every error as an opportunity to grow. My performance on the course was enhanced by this mental shift, which also had a significant positive effect on my general wellbeing. These lessons are with me now as I look forward to my time in college. The move to college can be intimidating, fraught with uncertainties and difficulties. But because of golf, I've gained the fortitude and flexibility to handle any challenge that comes my way. I'm aware that there will be challenging times, but even in situations where things appear bleak, I have faith in my capacity to remain composed. I'm going to use everything I've learned from golf to help me deal with problems in my academic, personal, and professional life in college. I'll tackle every challenge with endurance, patience, and an optimistic outlook, understanding that failures are chances for personal development. Whether I'm pursuing my goals on the golf course, managing a challenging course load, or adjusting to life away from home, my major focus will always be on maintaining my composure and fortitude in the face of difficulty. In the end, golf has taught me that mentality and attitude are just as important to success as aptitude and technique. I can handle any challenge that comes my way, on or off the course, if I maintain my composure. I'm appreciative of the lessons golf has taught me as I start this new chapter in my life and look forward to seeing where my increased resilience will take me.
      Hulede Collegiate Golf Scholarship
      1. I've spent the last 2.5 years working as a shift supervisor at Chick-fil-A, so that's taken up my time away from golf. In addition to bringing financial stability, this position has given me invaluable leadership and teamwork experience. My love of golf and my job have allowed me to combine the two, which has taught me discipline and time management—skills that are useful on and off the course. Even if work obligations have prevented me from participating in other extracurricular activities, I find satisfaction in the chances my employment provides for both professional and personal development. As a shift supervisor, I've improved my interpersonal abilities, discovered how to manage stressful situations, and strengthened my work ethic—all of which have aided in my personal growth. I've not looked into any extracurricular activities, but I'm excited to continue my journey of self-improvement and pursue new experiences that align with my interests and goals. 2. Since I was a young child, I have been captivated by stars and space, so I am currently studying astronomy. I've always been fascinated by the concept of delving deeper into the secrets of the cosmos, and studying astronomy allows me to do just that. My fascination with space has only gotten more over time, from staring up at the night sky to consuming books and videos about the universe. I'm excited to study about space travel, the beginnings of the universe, and cutting-edge discoveries that extend our understanding of the cosmos. In addition to satisfying my intellectual curiosity, studying astronomy gives me the chance to advance our knowledge of the universe and encourage upcoming generations to discover the wonders of space. 3. I want to become a teacher in order to give back to my community throughout my time in college and after I graduate. One of the most effective means of empowering people and bringing about positive change, in my opinion, is education. In my role as an educator, I will have the chance to mold and encourage the minds of upcoming generations, fostering a passion of learning and a feeling of curiosity about the world in which they live. My goal is to instill in my students the same curiosity for science and astronomy that I have had since I was a young child. My goal as a teacher is to positively impact the lives of those I instruct by giving them the tools they need to thrive and give back to their communities. 4. Receiving the Hulede Collegiate Golf Scholarship would have a big impact on my college career since it would give me mentorship and financial assistance, allowing me to follow my goals while overcoming obstacles. As an avid golfer, the scholarship would lessen the financial hardship of going to college, enabling me to concentrate more on my academic and athletic goals without worrying about money. Furthermore, the scholarship's mentorship component would offer priceless advice and assistance, assisting in my growth as a student and a golfer. In addition to improving my game, this support system would give me more self-assurance and fortitude to handle the demands of college life. All things considered, receiving the Hulede Collegiate Golf scholarship would make my collegiate experience more manageable, empowering me to thrive academically, athletically, and personally as I work towards achieving my goals.