The Sam D. Benson Scholarship

The IAAPOC Scholarship is given annually to a deserving student in Prosthetics and/or Orthotics. The Scholarship honors Mr. Sam D. Benson, C.O. who was certified by the American Board for Certification in 1981. Mr. Benson is a founding member of the Coalition and he became the first President of the IAAPOC . The IAAPOC was established in 1990 to promote the P & O profession in the African American Community.  The Scholarship is funded by members of IAAPOC and their many supporters in the P&O Community. We appreciate this opportunity to assist you in your request.


Applicant must be of African [African American] Descent

Applicant must be enrolled in an NCOPE accredited Prosthetic & Orthotic program or accepted into an NCOPE accredited program.


The 2022-2023 Application is available at the following link:

Online Application Link

Print Application

Deadline Extended to 6th January 2023

Mail to: Tony Thaxton Jr.

1391 Everhart St SW

Atlanta, GA 30310-4321


Young Female Student

Current Scholarship Recipents

The following MSPO students were awarded $1000 each though our annual Sam D. Benson Scholarship.

Amani Weekes-Daniel, Vanessa M Elias, Adesua Ojeifoh, Marissa Ceaser, Justice Gee, and Daniela Philips are the 2021-2022 recipients.  Congratulations to each of you.


These scholarships were made possible thought member support and generous donations from CalPortland Company,
Cascade Orthopedic Supply, and Fillauer LLC