Benjamin Gies is a proud product of JCPS, having attended Trunnell Elementary School, Lassiter Middle School, and Atherton High School. The scholarship awarded funds to two high school seniors (one male and one female) who intended to pursue a career in public education. He holds a BA from Bellarmine University in history, secondary education, and the liberal arts, and graduated magna cum laude with honors in the fields of history and education.
Gies served as the Civic Education Coordinator at the University of Louisville. His responsibilities included developing civic programming for teachers and students, organizing conferences designed to strengthen historical knowledge, and hosting distinguished speakers.
Gies currently teaches high school in Oldham County. (Jefferson County teachers are prohibited from running for Jefferson County School Board.)