Three High School Seniors Earn New BBB Scholarships

May 08, 2014

Westminster High School seniors earn college scholarships as they complete internships

DENVER – The Better Business Bureau Foundation today announced winners of its inaugural SMARTS Student of Integrity Scholarships. Three Westminster High School seniors each earned a $1,000 scholarship from the BBB Foundation to use toward their post-secondary education. Each student had to complete the BBB Foundation’s SMARTS internship program and an application that demonstrated their commitment to integrity.

Michael Garcia, Janiea Ruscio and Dennise Montanez are the BBB Foundation’s inaugural SMARTS Student of Integrity Scholarship winners. They will be honored at Westminster High School’s Senior Awards Ceremony on May 14, as well as during the BBB’s annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust on October 30.

“Our scholarship winners are the future and we are so proud of their character, their commitment to the SMARTS Program and the professionalism they’ve shown in their internships,” said Brian Cook, chair of the BBB Foundation Board of Directors. “We are pleased to help them reach their goals.”

While the SMARTS Program was founded in 2011, this is the first year the BBB Foundation’s Student of Integrity Scholarships have been offered as part of the program. The BBB Foundation will award more scholarships later in the year, which will be offered to all eligible class of 2015 high school seniors in the BBB’s 12-county service area.

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About the BBB Foundation

The Denver/Boulder BBB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting tomorrow’s marketplace and the future of the Denver/Boulder business community. It is the philanthropic arm of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau and provides ethics education and opportunities for students and youth.