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The Benson/Bonin Samohi Scholarship

The Benson/Bonin Samohi Scholarship was created to honor and celebrate Santa Monica High School moms and SMC employees, Brenda Benson, Senior Dean of Counseling and Retention, and Maria Bonin, Transfer/Articulation Specialist. Their colleague and friend, Dan Nannini and his wife Sue Bickford, established the endowed scholarship to permanently create a legacy scholarship, dedicated to Brenda, Maria, and all past, present, and future Samohi graduates who launch their higher education journey at Santa Monica College.  A 32-year long career at SMC, Dan served as the transfer faculty leader for 17 years under Brenda Benson’s direction, who previously served in the same role for a decade, before selecting Dan to follow in her footsteps. In 1999, equally impassioned, Dan was able to lure Maria away from another department. Maria supported and guided the growth of transfer and articulation services. Maria’s dedication and support continues to be pivotal to the success of all Santa Monica College transfer programs and services.