Since the Student Ambassador Scholarship Program began in 2006, it has reached thousands of young consumers from all over San Diego and Imperial Counties. On Wednesday, June 1, BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties celebrated the 2016 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 to 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. 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 receives 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 cash scholarship.
Overall, 23 students from 10 different schools finished the 2016 program, completing 159 presentations and reaching 8,183 of their peers – the largest number of students reached since the inception of the program!
Winning third place and sharing a $1,000 scholarship was Andrew Kim and Spencer Whitney of Canyon Crest Academy. Winning second place and splitting a $1,500 scholarship was Karina Romero Luna and Oscar Vasquez from El Camino High School. Kristalina Banuelos and Valeria Estrada from El Camino High School split the first place scholarship prize of $2,500.
Participating students and their families were invited to a reception at Dave & Busters 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 Kristin Skura, BBB Board member and Wells Fargo Business Area Manager. A big thanks to all students, their counselors and Wells Fargo, 2016 Program Sponsor, for making this program the most successful in BBB history!