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16th Annual Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards
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 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.
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. All applications MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. January 31.
Entries should include the completed application form, and one personal letter of recommendation: e.g. church, school official, employer, etc. 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.
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.
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 every day scenario!
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, 2019. The 2019 Scholarship Awards Reception and Dinner will be held in Roanoke, VA on April 25th, 2019. 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.
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 bbb.org for more information.
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