John Benson is one of a small group who began the North Suburban Math League in 1977. He was the president of the League from its beginning until 2008. John Benson is a mathematician who is first and foremost a teacher. The NSML is a result of his desire to foster a love of mathematics. Participation in the League not only enriches the students who compete, but also the teachers who coach them. The John Benson Award is to be given to at most one student in each division who best exemplifies John Benson's love of mathematics and his passion to share his enthusiasm and knowledge with others.
Invitations for applications are e-mailed to coaches in late January of every competition year.