September 6, 2012
Vol 4, Issue 12


When Ben Fischl received the Brian LaViolette Scholarship in 2008 he stated, "As if I wasn't excited enough to go into the Academy, now I have a great legacy to carry with me," referring to Brian LaViolette and the mission of his foundation. 


As with all of our scholarship recipients, he is special to us.  Over the last 4 years, we have seen him grow even more passionate and more determined to make a difference.  

Ben with M&D
Ben with Doug and Renee LaViolette in 2008
When we met Ben at the age of 18, we knew he had great compassion for others and life in general. We see it shine through him even more as he begins his last year at the Air Force Academy. 

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Giving Back to Brian's Foundation

Last year, we received an email from Ben stating that his loans have been paid off and he knew that this scholarship was meant for school expenses.  After figuring out what other school costs he'd have this next year, he knew he'd have some of the funds left over.  He donated $1,000 back to Brian's Foundation.  Compassion.


Ben Fischl-11.11
Ben joined us at 'What's Right with America' on 11.11.11 and inspired the audience.
"I think it is so important to do for others exactly what has been done for you. I want future generations to be blessed by Brian's scholarship in the same way that I was," Ben stated on why he decided to give back to the Foundation. 


After his sophomore year, Ben was given a unprecedented year off to participate in a Christian Missions and Discipleship program.  They spent a lot of the year at a church in Arkansas taking classes, going on adventures, and serving in the church. They also took a couple of mission trips to Nicaragua, Rwanda and Peru.  

 Ben Fischl-mission


Ben says his time on the missions were a challenging and edifying experience for him...and he was so thankful to have this opportunity. We know everyone he encountered was thankful that he did too. 

"I think often about how the LaViolette's trusted me to do exactly what I set out to do when I came to the academy. There are so many people who choose to walk away from this opportunity because of the difficulty it brings. I was fortunate enough to have their support and encouragement to finish the race."  


We are grateful to Ben for his kindness in contributing back to Brian's Foundation and more importantly that he continues to influence and encourage our lives and share his compassion with others.

Thank you, 



   Kim LaViolette

   Executive Director
   Brian LaViolette Foundation