BG Benjamin B. Talley Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Fund, created in 1997, honors Brigadier General Benjamin B. Talley, a distinguished engineer popularly known as the father of military engineering in Alaska. Since 1999 through 2016 year, the Anchorage Post BG BB Talley Scholarship Endowment Fund has contributed $196,750 toward college scholarships for upper-division students in engineering and natural science degree programs.
A Board of Trustees is charged with management of the Fund. Members of the Board of Trustees are volunteers who include both individual Trustees-at-Large, elected by the members of the Anchorage Post for three-year terms, and institutional representatives who are offered the opportunity to serve as representatives from each of the local military engineer organizations. The Board holds quarterly meetings and has the pleasure of working with financial account manager First National Bank Alaska, who manages the Talley Fund primary endowment. The Board recently established a separate endowment with the Alaska Community Foundation which has ability to accept non-traditional donations in the form of non-traditional cash assets.
Award funds are usually presented to scholarship winners during the annual Post banquet and on average, around $25,000 is handed out in scholarships. Approximately half the funding comes from the Talley Fund, a large portion comes from the SAME Anchorage Post itself and sustaining member firms contribute individual donations. Additional scholarships from separate funding sources are also presented annually at the banquet by the Anchorage professional services community.
How to Apply
Scholarships are available to support the education of engineering students. To compete for a scholarship, download the current application form and review the current requirements to see if you qualify. Everyone that qualifies is encouraged to apply! The form is located on the right side of the page.
From Talley Scholarship recipients:
“Five years after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture I am still thankful for the SAME Anchorage Post’s support and generous contributions to my education. The Benjamin B Tally Foundation and local businesses do more than offering scholarship money to college students; they take a moment every year to highlight the achievements of students and celebrate the successful future Engineers, Architects, Contractors, and Scientists of our World. For me, that is the true moment of joy that this program gives; a welcoming embrace and encouragement for students entering into the engineering and science professions.”
Michelle Gallagher, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“After four and a half years of sweat, blood and tears, I am now a UAA alumni with a degree in Electrical Engineering. School is rough and looking back now I wonder how I ever made it through. I look back at all the support I had; from family, friends, and scholarship supporters. These are the people who believed in me and helped me continue to keep persevering and pushing myself to reach my goals. Scholarships helped tremendously throughout my college career. I did not work during the school year because I liked to have the ability to fully concentrate on school and my learning. I saw other students who struggled as they worked part time or even full time on top of a full load of classes. I am very blessed and thankful to have had the support I had throughout these years. I am also proud to say that I have absolutely no student loads to pay off and I know I would not be able to say that without the support from scholarship donors like SAME.”
Deborah Morales, EIT/ Electrical Engineer in Training
“The SAME scholarship is very important to me achieving a degree in Computer Science with concentrated study in human and computer interaction. It will help me help others in developing technology that improves people’s standard of living. Thank-you for helping me achieve this goal!”
Johanna Lucht, Student Computer Science
The endowment is funded primarily by donations from the Post and individuals. Fund-raising activities such as training seminars, the Annual Banquet Raffle, golf tournament, and “split the pot” at Post meetings provide funds toward contributions from the Post. At times, sustaining Members generously provide matching funds for scholarships, which allow the Fund to provide more scholarships. All gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.
Donations may be sent to:
BG BB TALLEY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND
P. O. BOX 6409
JBER AFB, AK 99506-6409