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The Tailhook Educational Foundation

2017 Scholarships

Lani Dufresne

Lani Dufresne


CAPT Eric and Barb Benson and Friends of LT Stephen Nicklous “Nick” Benson

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Lani Dufresne

Dallas, Texas

Scholarship Description

This scholarship is awarded in memory of LT Nick Benson, USNR, who was killed 18 October 2002 when his FA-18F Super Hornet was involved in a midair collision off the California coast. Nick was from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1998. After commissioning through AOCS, he earned his NFO wings and joined VF-41 flying F-14s. He participated in Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan before transitioning to the Super Hornet. Nick was a special young man who made a difference and is greatly missed.