Since the Student Ambassador Scholarship Program began in 2006, it has reached thousands of young consumers from all over the San Diego and Imperial Counties. Last night, BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties celebrated the 2014 program participants with a reception that recognized their achievements and awarded the winners their scholarship prizes.
Better Business Bureau’s Student Ambassador program is designed to bring information on scams and frauds to entry level consumers. With students and young consumers possessing high disposable incomes, they are easy targets for scammers looking to make their next buck. By teaching students to identify and protect themselves against such instances of fraud, the BBB hopes we can develop a safer and stronger marketplace that will continue to thrive.
This voluntary program trains junior and senior high school students to develop and deliver relevant scam-based presentations to peer groups on campus. With the option to work individually, in a pair, or larger group, students must give a minimum of three presentations between the months of March and May. While each participant will receive a certificate of recognition naming them a BBB Student Ambassador and recognizing their volunteer hours, those participants who present to the largest number of students are eligible to receive a scholarship (first place winning $2,500, second place winning $1,500 and third place winning $1,000.)
Overall, 13 students from 7 different schools finished the 2014 program, completing 120 presentations and reaching 4,839 of their peers – the largest number of students reached since the inception of the program! Winning third place and $1,000 was Julie Sealy of Grossmont High School, who completed 12 presentations and spoke to 603 of her peers. Winning second place and splitting a $1,500 scholarship was Melanie Barrett, Taylor Nicole Perez and Katherine Jean Zertuche from Mountain Empire High School, who completed 11 presentations and reached 732 of their peers. Brittney Delgado, Jasmine Calderon and Lilianna Recillas from El Camino High School split the first place scholarship prize of $2,500 for giving an impressive 47 presentations to over 1,642 of their peers.
Participating students and their families were invited to last night’s reception at the Town & Country Resort for dinner, drinks and the presentation of the scholarships. Also in attendance were Sheryl Reichert, President/CEO of BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties and Joshua Henderson, Wells Fargo Business Area Manager and 2014 Program Sponsor.
A big thanks to all of our students, their counselors and Wells Fargo for making this program the most successful in BBB history! For more information on the program and other scholarship opportunities, visit bbb.org or email Trang Nguyen, BBB Student Ambassador Coordinator.
Special thanks to the 2014 BBB Student Ambassador Program Sponsor: