Student of Integrity Scholarship

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western VA (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 identify 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 assigned 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must complete the online application & essay.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. to apply. 

Applicants must submit an official copy of the high school transcript.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. January 31, 2020 & must be present at the dinner on April 23, 2020.

The Entry & Essay Details 

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.

Students should demonstrate their commitment to high ethical behavior and provide documentation in the following areas:

Leadership Roles

Describe any leadership roles in extracurricular activities including jobs, school, clubs, student government, athletics, or community volunteering.

Extracurricular Activities

Describe activities in or out of school and within your community such as jobs, clubs, athletics, scouts, church or community volunteering.

Essay Discussion 

To accomplish our mission, BBB commits to the value of Integrity to guide our decisions and behavior. 

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.

Integrity is the first among the virtues that make for good character. Integrity is prior to everything else: the rest of what we think matters very little if we lack essential integrity, the courage of our convictions, the willingness to act and speak on behalf of what we know to be right. Acting with integrity requires three steps:

(1) discerning what is right and what is wrong;
(2) acting on what you have discerned, even at personal cost; and
(3) saying openly that you are acting on your understanding of right and wrong.

The first criterion captures the idea of integrity as requiring a degree of moral reflectiveness. The second brings in the ideal of an integral person as steadfast, which includes the sense of keeping commitments. The third reminds us that a person of integrity is unashamed of doing the right thing.

With that in mind, discuss a unique situation in your life in which you not only had to make a decision based on integrity but how your qualities and principles led you to that decision. We're looking for the basis behind something special, not an everyday scenario!

The Celebration

BBB will notify all applicants by March 31, 2019. The 2020 Scholarship Awards Reception and Dinner will be held in Roanoke, VA on April 23, 2020. 

Recipients are required to attend. 

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Follow us BBBWesternVA on our social media channels below. Tag & mention us in posts, tweets, or videos telling the world why you are a student of integrity! We want all of our followers to read your inspirational tweets & posts to 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!

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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. By creating an application for the BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship, I understand that I am agreeing to receive BBB communications via facsimile, phone, text, electronic mail, and mail. I may notify BBB at any time to opt-out of future communications. 

BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Most BBB services to consumers are free of charge. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.3 million companies, 11,000 charity reviews, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Visit for more information.

Are you a student or parent looking for more information or have questions about our Student of Integrity Scholarship program? You can contact Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia by phone, our website's live chat, or email. 

Contact: Sarah Lutz

Toll-Free Phone Number: 800-533-5501 Ext. 3034 


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