BBB Offers Student Of Integrity Scholarships

Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is proud to once again offer Student of Integrity Scholarships for Minnesota and North Dakota high school students entering their senior year. This year, $14,500 in scholarship funds will be awarded to students who demonstrate, through essay, a clear understanding of the importance of ethics in their personal choices and actions.

BBB’s Student of Integrity scholarships are presented jointly with BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics, which honor upstanding businesses. This year’s scholarship recipients and Torch Awards for Ethics winners will be announced at the 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics ceremony on Wednesday, October 25. The event begins at 2:30 p.m., and will be held in the Hyundai Club at U.S. Bank Stadium.

“These scholarships go to further the education of the next generation of ethical leaders,” said Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “They also recognize students who have triumphed over adversity by staying true to themselves.”

There are six scholarships available this year – one for $5,000, three for $2,500 and two 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 Wednesday, October 25.

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 write an essay that provides specific examples of ways they were challenged by a difficult situation and how they overcame that situation through the application of high character and personal ethics. Essays must be at least 1,000 words long.

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 on the quality of the essay. All entries must be received by Thursday, September 21.

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; Border State Bank; Citizens Independent Bank; KleinBank; Plumb Right; SPIRE Credit Union; and Valley Pools & Spas