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15th Annual Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards
BBB) promotes integrity and ethics in the marketplace through voluntary business self-regulation. Each year we offer scholarships recognizing “Students of Integrity.” These scholarships are designed to recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people. The BBB will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors who personify all of the best aspects of strong character in their personal choices and actions. Scholarship money is awarded directly to recipients to apply toward college tuition or post secondary education expenses. Recipients are required to enroll in an accredited college or university following high school graduation. Each scholarship is $1,000.The Better Business Bureau Serving Western VA (
Applications and essays will be accepted from students who attend a high school or are home-schooled within the area served by this BBB. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. A copy of the transcript must be included.
Entries should include the completed application form, and one personal letter of recommendation: e.g. church, school official, employer, etc. The essay must be no more than 700 words. Applicants are required to submit supporting documentation on leadership roles and extracurricular activities, and a paragraph describing post secondary plans and goals.
The criteria for the award includes: Leadership Roles 30%, Extracurricular Activities 30%, Essay 40%. Students should demonstrate their commitment to high ethical behavior and provide documentation in the following areas:
Describe any leadership roles in extracurricular activities including jobs, school, clubs, student government, athletics, or community volunteering.
Describe activities in or out of school and within your community such as jobs, clubs, athletics, scouts, church or community volunteering.
The following is an excerpt from Dr. Robert Sandel’s Keynote address, 2010 BBB Student of Integrity Awards:
The word integrity comes from the same Latin root as integer and historically has been understood to carry much the same sense, the sense of wholeness: a person of integrity, like a whole number, is a whole person, a person somehow undivided.
To be a Student of Integrity means being committed to living a life that matters. What will matter is your character, your acts of integrity, compassion, courage and sacrifice that encouraged others to emulate your example. As you move forward in your life to college and then into the workplace, what characteristics do you believe will be necessary for you to demonstrate integrity? What challenges do you anticipate you will face? How do you think you will respond to future challenges in a way that will help you stay true to your core values? How do you plan to influence others to live “a life that matters?” What do you want to be one of your greatest accomplishments? Up to this point, how has integrity impacted your life? Please include in your response challenges you’ve faced to this point in your life.
Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved.
On Twitter? Follow us (@BBBWesternVA) and tag us in a tweet telling the world why you are a student of integrity! We want all of our followers to read your inspirational tweets and see first-hand that our area has some of the brightest and best students in the nation. We’ll share some of our favorite tweets at the awards dinner!
BBB will notify all applicants by March 31, 2018. The 2018 Scholarship Awards Reception and Dinner will be held in Roanoke, VA on April 26th at 5:30 p.m. Recipients are required to attend.
Terms and Conditions
Essays become the property of the Better Business Bureau. BBB Serving Western VA retains the right to make program rule changes at any time. All judging decisions are final. Recipients names, essays, and photographs may be released to the public and news media for promotional purposes.
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