Meet Ben

Junior, Finance

Academic Program for Excellence (APEX) Scholar and Mentor
George Washington Carver (GWC) Scholar



Where are you from?

Peoria, AZ

What are your career aspirations?

To own my own business.


What advice do you have for future ISU multicultural students?

Get out of your comfort zone as much as you possibly can. College is not just about taking classes to get a degree, it’s also about self-discovery and developing yourself into a better person. I believe the best way to do that is pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone as much as you can. So go out and meet new people, experience things you’ve never gotten to experience, or just do whatever it is that challenges you.

What does it mean to you to be a GWC Scholar?  What advice do you have for new GWC Scholars?

To me, being a George Washington Carver scholar means taking advantage of opportunities. In your time at Iowa State, opportunities will always be right around the corner. Most of the time, they will come with hardships and obstacles; however, as a George Washington Carver Scholar you have not only the skills to overcome these barriers, but also a solid support system with other GWC scholars as well as the amazing staff in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The best advice I can give to new scholars is to take advantage of all the opportunities Iowa State has to offer, the first one being the George Washington Carver Scholarship.


What have you gained from your involvement with the APEX program?

The most important thing I gained from APEX was a family I can always depend on. Coming from Arizona, I was terrified by the fact that I was going to college knowing nobody going in. Attending APEX gave me a solid support system for college; however, just calling APEX a “support system” doesn’t seem to do it justice. My APEX cohort and I have laughed together, cried together, celebrated together, and anything in between. When you attend APEX, you don’t just come out with a couple of college credits, you come out with a family.

What experiences have been most meaningful to you while a student?

The most meaningful experiences I’ve had at Iowa State have come from the different things I have gotten involved with on campus. Through the Iowa State ACHA Club Hockey Team, I was able to travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete in a national tournament. My second semester at Iowa State, I joined Tau Kappa Epsilon. This fraternity has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership abilities, participate in philanthropy events, and build relationships with phenomenal and ambitious students. I currently work as a Student Associate in the Soults Family Visitor Center, which entails showing prospective students our beautiful campus and helping them understand why so many students love Iowa State.