Ben Starling III, a 1992 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University who now serves as director of philanthropy for the Florida division of The Scripps Research Institute, will receive the Alumnus Service Award during Homecoming later this month.
A native of Immokalee, Fla., Starling has worked with The Scripps Research Institute, the world's largest independent nonprofit biomedical research organization, since 2007.
Prior to joining Scripps, he served as executive director of Northwood University's Outstanding Business Leader Association, which honored internationally known CEOs who championed free enterprise. He also served as president and CEO of The CAREing Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to providing artistic programs to "at risk" communities in Palm Beach County in an effort to reduce drug and alcohol use among teens.
A member of numerous organizations and past president of the Palm Beach Republican Club, Starling holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from PBA.
During his time at PBA, Starling was appointed to represent the student body on the Academic Advisory Committee. In this role, he provided input and counsel to the academic leadership to ensure student views were heard as it related to coursework, disciplinary action and curricula.
During his sophomore year, he began working for local public relations giant Frank Wright. After graduation, Starling became the full-time director of Wright's largest client, the Palm Beach Round Table.
Starling said that through Wright, he met two men that have become his mentors: Northwood University co-founder Dr. Arthur Turner and Amway co-founder Rich DeVos.
Starling will be recognized during a Homecoming dinner and alumni awards presentation at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Weyenberg Center in the Lassiter Student Center.