The purpose of the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to college and university undergraduates who have displayed both academic and athletic credentials during their high school careers, and who are in need of financial help to begin or continue their education at the college or university level.
The Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund was established with a donation of $25,000 in 1983 by the Cincinnati Reds as a tribute to Johnny’s illustrious 17-year career with the team.
- Over 375 recipients have received grants through the 2002-03 school year totaling over $1,000,000.
- Currently there are 82 students receiving scholarships at 12 colleges and universities including 14 students from Johnny’s home state of Oklahoma.
- There have been over 160 students who have graduated from college with financial assistance from the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund.