BBB Offers Student Of Integrity Scholarships

Awards Open to Minnesota and North Dakota High School Seniors

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) is once again offering Student of Integrity Scholarships for Minnesota and North Dakota high school students entering their senior year. This year, $13,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded. These scholarships which are presented jointly with BBB Torch Awards for Ethics honoring upstanding businesses recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people. They are awarded to students who have demonstrated a clear understanding of the importance of ethics in their personal choices and actions.

“College costs continue to rise on a yearly basis,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Which is why we’re so pleased to be able to offer these scholarships. By doing so, we encourage ethics-minded students to tell their stories.”

There are five scholarships available this year – one for $4,500, three for $2,500 and one for $1,000. Scholarship recipients will be honored at BBB’s annual Torch Awards Ceremony, which recognizes the best in ethical and trustworthy business. This year’s Torch Awards for Ethics Ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 27.

To apply for these scholarships, students are asked to select one or two of the 20 principles found in the document, UncommonSense. Applicants will then either write an essay or create a video that provides specific examples of ways they were challenged by a difficult situation and how they overcame that situation through the application of character and personal ethics. Essays must be at least 1,000 words and videos must be at least 30 seconds long, but no longer than three minutes.

In addition, applications must include the scholarship entry form, one letter of recommendation, a copy of the student’s transcript, as well as a list of extracurricular activities and post-secondary plans. Entries will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges, with a focus given on the quality of the essay or video. All entries must be received by Thursday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Visit thefirstbbb.org/scholarship for further information on BBB’s Student of Integrity Scholarships. Parents or students with questions can contact Mackenzie Kelley at 651-695-2482 or at mackenzie.kelley@thefirstbbb.org.

Scholarship sponsors: North Star Resource Group, CenterPoint Energy, Northland Group, My Pillow, KleinBank, Citizens Independent Bank and Valley Pools and Spas

The mission of Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in building marketplace trust by promoting, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, assist and protect the general public. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact BBB at bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.