Torch Awards Program


The Business Professionals of America's Torch Awards Program frames and guides a BPA member's leadership and service to their chapter and community. Students complete activities in the seven Torch categories:

1. Leadership 2. Service 3. Cooperation 4. Knowledge 5. Friendship 6. Love, Hope, Faith & 7. Patriotism

Each activity is worth 5, 10, 15, or 20 points. When a student achieves a certain number of points for each category, his/her advisor or local Vice President can submit the resume online to be reviewed for recognition. All students completing a satisfactory resume will be awarded.

There are four levels of recognition:​

Award                 Organization Level     Points Required in Each Category    Submission Deadline     Recognition

Executive            Local Chapter                    10                                                    Local chapter*                Pin and certificate

Diplomat             Regional (Fall)                     30                                                    Local chapter*                Pin and certificate

Statesman         State                                       50                                                    Feb. 15 before SLC*        Pin and certificate

Ambassador       National                              70                                                    April 1 before NLC          Pin and certificate

* Diplomat & Statesman Awards may still be earned after their listed deadlines without Regional & State recognition. The local chapter is in charge of recognition after the listed deadlines. All Torch levels must be earned and submitted by the 1st of April.

A student who earns an award through Business Professionals of America's Torch Awards Program will be presented with a certificate and pin commemorating their achievement. Students receiving the Statesman Torch Award will receive their pin and certificate at the State Leadership Conference.

Resumes must be submitted by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for awards. Once a resume is submitted, local, state, and national administrators can evaluate the resume and either approve or reject the resume. If approved, the student has earned the award and no further action is required. If rejected, an advisor and student can then work on the resume more and re-submit, as long as the appropriate deadline has not passed. 

The Torch Awards Program is open to all student BPA members in the Post-secondary Division.

Any questions regarding Torch Awards on the Statesman Level should be directed to the Wisconsin Association Vice President

Look for TAP (Torch Award Points) across the WI BPA Website & Publications. This indicates the activity qualifies for points and what code to use to claim them!


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