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It has been a week of sadness in the First State. Last weekend, former state attorney general Beau Biden – the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden - died at age 46, losing his battle with brain cancer.Since that terrible news came there’s been an outpouring of condolences for the Biden family, along with remembrances of Beau -- his life and work.As the state grieves along with the Biden family and offers its support – it also celebrates Beau Biden’s life and the lasting legacy of public service he leaves behind.

Beau Biden memorial scholarship announced

James Dawson
Delaware Public Media

A new annual scholarship honoring the late Beau Biden is awarding $10,000 to one Delaware high school graduate.



Established by longtime Biden friend and prominent corporate lawyer Stuart Grant, the scholarship is meant to memorialize the former attorney general and reflect his values.


“As time goes on, people’s memories start to fade and it’d be nice if people remembered Beau not only for what he did, but for who he was and making some of those tough decisions when things could be handed to you,” Grant said.


Specifically, he notes Biden didn’t have to deploy to Iraq with his Delaware National Guard unit in 2008 while he was elected Attorney General.


Grant says he’ll be looking for kids who are dedicated to service, respect and who have a strong moral compass.

“Often, they get overlooked when the scholarships are out; This is the best athlete, the best musician, the best student, but that person who is just a real decent human being like Beau was, that’s the person who gets overlooked," he said.
Biden’s widow Hallie and siblings Hunter and Ashley will also be on the evaluation committee.


The one-time, $10,000 payment will go toward tuition at any university of the student’s choosing.


Applications are due March 31 and may be submitted online or through the mail. The winner will be announced in late April.

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