BB&T Scholarship Program

The BB&T Scholarship is awarded to the children of associates of BB&T and its subsidiaries based on a selection and application process that begins during the child's junior year of high school. The program and the selection process are administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation(opens in a new tab) (NMSC), an independent, not-for-profit organization.

The purpose of the BB&T Scholarship program is to identify and honor exceptionally able high school students whose parents work for BB&T. Each BB&T scholarship stipend is $1,000 per year up to 4 years of undergraduate college study or until bachelor's degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first. BB&T will award up to 20 scholarships annually. The recipient's annual stipend will not be affected by other scholarship aid or by an approved change in college.

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BB&T Scholarship Program criteria & selection process

Program criteria

To be considered for the BB&T Scholarship Program, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a child or step-child of a full-time BB&T associate, who has been employed by BB&T for at least 1 year as of the entry deadline date. Associates who joined BB&T through a merger must have 1 year of BB&T service as of the entry form deadline date. Please refer to your acquisition date when determining 1 year of BB&T service.
  • Must take the qualifying test, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, during the junior year. Even though some students may have taken the test previously as a sophomore, National Merit Scholarship Corporation bases its selection process on the test scores reported during the student's junior year. Students are encouraged to work closely with their high school guidance offices for dates and times of test administration.
  • Must complete the BB&T Scholarship Program Entry Form during the junior year and submit it by the February deadline (as communicated through corporate emails). High school seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • Must also be a citizen of the United States, or be a US lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a US citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

Selection process

Scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken during the student's junior year will be used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation(opens in a new tab)(NMSC) as an initial screen for the BB&T Scholarship Program.

Entrants who advance from the initial screen will be contacted by NMSC through their high school guidance office on or before December of their senior year. Only those entrants who advance in the competition will receive notification and materials from NMSC. These students and their high school principals will complete applications that include biographical and academic information that must be filed with NMSC.

Scholarship winners will be chosen on a competitive basis and without regard to family financial circumstances, gender, race, ethnic origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity or disability.

An NMSC committee of professionals trained in selection will then choose the winners by evaluating several factors about each eligible candidate, including:

  • Academic record throughout high school
  • Significant activities and contributions to the school and community
  • Test scores
  • The school's recommendation of the candidate
  • The student's essay about personal characteristics, activities, plans and goals

In addition, students who apply for the BB&T Scholarship Program may be eligible for the nationally recognized National Merit Scholarship (students must meet all requirements for participation in the Merit Program that are published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin, which can be obtained through the student's high school guidance office). All winners are notified directly, prior to any public announcement that may be made about recipients.

Entry form and information requests

A link to the BB&T Scholarship Program entry form will be announced through a corporate email in the fall of each year. Requests for additional information about the BB&T Scholarship Program may be directed to the Compensation & Benefits Communication Administration at

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