Beginning in 2006, the Student Ambassador Scholarship Program has reached a multitude of students in the local community. On Thursday, June 1, BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties recognized the 2017 program participants with a reception that noted their achievements and awarded the winners scholarship prizes.
The objective of the Better Business Bureau’s Student Ambassador Program is to train students to deliver information to peer groups throughout campuses over scams and frauds that target entry-level consumers with highly disposable incomes. This voluntary program ends with the designation of each member of the program as an official Student Ambassador of the Better Business Bureau.
Following two hours of provided training over the educational information they are asked to share, students then have the opportunity to develop and deliver their presentation to peer groups. Students have the option to present individually or in a pair. A minimum of three presentations must be given between the months of March and May, through which students aim to present to the greatest number of people. The top three participants with the highest number of peers reached are awarded cash scholarships.
Altogether, 17 students from 12 high schools across San Diego County took part in this year’s Student Ambassador Program. A total of 222 presentations were given, reaching more than double the amount of students reached during the 2016 program. A record breaking 18,955 students learned how to identify and protect themselves against scams and instances of fraud, a monumental effort in maintaining a safer marketplace.
In third place, Kowsar Farah and Sumaya Hersi representing Helix Charter High School were awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Donna Escobar of Arroyo Paseo High School, our second place winner, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. In first place was Anael Picazo of Helix Charter High School, presented with a $2,500 scholarship. All student participants were presented with a certificate of recognition for their contribution of volunteer time toward marketplace ethics.
Participating students and their guests joined us at Dave & Buster’s for dinner during which the presentation of scholarships took place. Also in attendance was Shelley Bradley, Director of Sponsorships and Special Events, Jennifer Fabrick, Interim CEO, and Michael Sedio, Vice President of Operations & General Counsel of BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties. CEO David Leibowitz of Mulligan Funding, our program’s Title Sponsor, delivered a message of integrity to the students, emphasizing the importance of considering who they want to be as they choose their school and career paths. Joining him was Kevin Fahey, Vice President and Head of Marketing of Mulligan Funding. Thanks to our students, our 2017 Program Title Sponsor, Mulligan Funding, and Contributing Sponsor, Pro Back Office, LLC for aiding in the surpassing of last year’s successes!
For more information about the Student Ambassador Program and other scholarship opportunities, visit bbb.org/sdoc