Benjamin Tayag was born to his parents Janine and Rex on a cool February night just blocks from Boston’s historic Fenway Park. After elementary school Ben was admitted to Boston Latin School as a Seventh Grade student. Until the end of his sophomore year at the school Ben struggled to achieve like he did in his elementary school days, as junior year came around his grades began to lift and found a new passion in American history, government, and politics. Ben decided to apply for the Ward Fellowship, because he believes that people should serve their community in whatever way they can, through this service we can make our communities better places for all. Especially when it comes to working in governmental institutions as is the focus of the Fellowship. Over the years through a series of scandals on the national, state, and local levels have eroded the trust that the people have in their government. Part of the reason Ben applied to this fellowship was the opportunities it offered to help rebuild that trust in offices around the city. No where else is this better accomplished than in the Inspector General’s Office where Ben will be working this summer. The Inspector General of the Commonwealth is tasked with investigating and exposing, waste, abuse, and fraud in the use taxpayer money. This may Ben graduated from the Boston Latin School, and will be attending the College of the Holy Cross in the fall. Here he hopes to study History and Political Science.