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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 closed:

Online Application Link

Print Application

Deadline for 2022-2023 has passed

You may mail monetary donations to

 Tony Thaxton Jr.

1391 Everhart St SW

Atlanta, GA 30310-4321

** Make Checks Payable to IAAPOC **


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Young Female Student

Current Scholarship Recipents


The following MSPO students were awarded $1000 each though our annual Sam D. Benson Scholarship.   Morgan Harris (Baylor), Claudine Humure (University of Washington), and Jasmyn Palmer (Kennesaw State University) are our 2022-2023 recipients.  Congratulations to each of you.

Morgan Harris_Headshot - Morgan H._edite
Claudine - Claudine Humure (1)
Headshot scholarship - Jasmyn Palmer_edi
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