The Wesley L. Bender Scholarship Fund 


The Golden West Chapter is currently awarding four $8000 scholarships to qualifying individuals

who are related to an employee in the explosives industry or related field and who wish to pursue

collegiate studies.   Each scholarship will be paid at the rate of $1000 per semester.


In 2018, the Wesley L. Bender Scholarships were awarded to:



America Aguilar-Andrade


America, in 2020, entered her third year at Napa Valley College in Napa CA.

Her parents are Tony and Rocio Aguilar. 

Tony is employed with the BoDean Company Inc of Santa Rosa, CA.



Charity Goldsmith-Ding


Charity, in 2020, entered her third year at York College in York, Nebraska.

Her parents are Denise Ding and Norman Goldsmith.

Norm is with SGI in Ione, California.



In 2019, the Wesley L. Bender scholarships were awarded to:



Cody Mallman


Cody, in 2020, entered his second year at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

His parents are Paula and Mark Mallmann. 

Paula is employed at Neil’s Controlled Blasting and

Mark is employed by Wescon Construction in Roseville.



Gracie Goldsmith-Ding


Gracie, in 2020, entered her second year at the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

Her parents are Denise Ding and Norman Goldsmith.

Norm is with SGI in Ione, California.



Funding for all of the above scholarships is currently available.



Because of the pandemic, no fundraising events were able to be held in 2020,

hence no new scholarships were available for that year. 


When a scholarship becomes available, it will be advertised

 in the Golden West Chapter newsletter, The Primer,

and notification will be made on this website.



The criteria and application process are as follows:



Scholarship Eligibility:   Graduating high school seniors or students already enrolled in college that are related to an employee in the explosives industry or another industry that uses explosives may apply for a scholarship.


Judging Committee:   All received scholarship applications will be reviewed and judged by a panel

consisting of the Chapter Officers and Board, including the Past President of the GWC or their

respective designees.


Scholarship Disbursement:   The winning applicant will be issued the scholarship on a semi-annual basis, totaling one thousand dollars per semester for eight semesters. 


Academic Requirement:   A winning applicant must remain enrolled in their selected college and maintain at least a grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain eligible for the scholarship.  Following the completion of a semester, the scholarship recipient shall provide either a transcript of his or her grades for that semester or some other proof that they are eligible to receive payment for the following semester.  The transcript or other proof should be sent to the Golden West Chapter Secretary at the address listed below.


Extenuating Circumstances:  If a scholarship recipient encounters conditions beyond his or her control and said conditions cause the recipient’s GPA to fall below 3.0 or otherwise adversely affect their academic standing, they may appeal to the Judging Committee to have their scholarship deferred (suspended) for the upcoming semester.  The appeal should contain sufficient facts and particulars to allow the Judging Committee to render a decision.  At the end of the deferred semester, if all of the academic requirements for the scholarship have been met for that semester, the recipient, upon providing proof of eligibility will be issued a $1000 stipend for the next semester.  If the scholarship recipient fails to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 after receiving two consecutive deferrals, the scholarship shall be cancelled.  Decisions of the Judging Committee in these matters shall be considered final.


Deadline for Submission:   To be considered, applications must be submitted to the Chapter by

June 15th.    Selection of the successful applicant will be made by July 15th.   The successful applicant will be notified by August 1st with the first scholarship check sent to the recipient by August 15th.



Application Process:   Please complete the following:


          1.   The Scholarship Application Form (available HERE ).


          2.   A letter of recommendation.


          3.   A 300 to 500 word statement of your past scholastic and personal accomplishments,

                including your plans for a career.



Mail the above three items to:


The Golden West Chapter – ISEE

Joseph R. Stack, Secretary

430 32nd StreetSuite 100

Newport Beach, CA   92663




For more information, contact Gerald Fulghum at (916) 481-1421

or by e-mail to:     GRFULGHUM@SBCGLOBAL.NET