The fact that Courtney Benson '14 was a nationally-recognized athlete during her four years at Hamline is impressive enough. Pair that with dual degrees in finance and economics and a GPA nearly touching 4.0, and you have a superstar.
“Benson is a clear-cut example of what we desire in our student athletes at Hamline,” Athletic Director Jason Verdugo said. “She was one of Hamline's all-time greats—an elite in her sport and equally accomplished in the classroom. We were very fortunate to have her be a member of the Hamline athletics family.”
One of the most prolific gymnasts in Hamline history, Benson earned a national championship and several All-American honors, was a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, and was named the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association’s Senior Gymnast of the Year in 2013. To cap off her impressive college career, the National Collegiate Athletic Association named her one of 30 semifinalists for their annual Woman of the Year award.
“It’s rewarding to win titles,” Benson said, “but at the same time, I don’t go in to win, I go in to do what I love.”
That same passion, talent, and determination landed Benson an internship as a business analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. "I had the unique opportunity to bridge theory and practice while working at the Federal Reserve," she said. "Using various techniques I learned in class, I conducted a SWOT analysis, ultimately offering recommendations for bank-wide strategy. I also created marketing materials to promote financial literacy."
With all these achievements, it’s no surprise that Benson secured a great job in her field after graduation. She’s now a cost accountant for the Dairy Foods Division at Land O'Lakes Inc.
Find out more about Hamline athletics and the undergraduate business majors offered through the School of Business on Hamline's website. You can also contact Hamline's Undergraduate Admission Office to learn more about joining the Hamline community.