Relations came to his aid, and presently his anxieties were relieved by Francis Martin, bursar of Trinity, who gave him liberal help. Benson took his degree in 1852 as a senior optime, eighth classic and senior chancellor's medallist, and was elected fellow of Trinity in the following year.
At London University in 1849, and was Hebrew and New Testament prizeman in 1850 and gold medallist in philosophy in 1854.
He won a Craven scholarship and graduated as senior classic in 1844, being also senior chancellor's medallist in classics.
After receiving his early education in Paris, he was sent to Rugby, and thence proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was second classic and chancellor's medallist, and rowed for the university in the winning boat against Oxford.
In 18J9 he was senior classic, 33rd wrangler, chancellor's medallist and Craven scholar.