Essay Rules & Regulations

BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarships to recognize students who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through leadership, community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. Scholarships will be awarded to the winning applications submitted by high school juniors and senior students residing in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or Western Wyoming*.

*Eligible counties in Western Wyoming include: Teton, Uinta and Lincoln. 

TIMELINE
December 16, 2019 Scholarship Opens
March 23, 2020 Scholarship Deadline
April 6, 2020 Finalists Announcement
April 13, 2020 Online Voting and Judge Evaluation Begins
April 20, 2020 Online Voting and Judge Evaluation Ends
Week of May 15, 2020 Recipients Announcement

Before submitting an application, please review the following information below to make sure your application meets the scholarship guidelines.

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Torch Talk Scholarship

Submit a 500-word essay on one of the applicable topics. Discuss viewpoints and give examples where applicable. The essay should be 500 words or less—typed and double-spaced. Please include your name and high school’s name in the header of every page. All components of the application must be submitted at one time. All essays become property of BBB. No mailed applications will be accepted. View sample Torch Talk articles here: trust-bbb.org/torchtalk/category/local-news/.

Five finalists from each of the following regions will be selected: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana/ W. Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. Finalist essays will be published on the Students of Integrity Scholarship website for public voting. People can vote for as many essays as they choose, but only get one vote per essay. Students are encouraged to share their essay with friends and family or on social media to generate more votes. Only votes from the scholarship website will be considered. Only one essay per state will be chosen to receive the $2,000 scholarship.

Additional Information

Students are also requested to provide the following:

  • Personal Statement (300 words or less)
    • Brief background about yourself, passions, goals, plans for the future, etc.
  • Activities & Community Service
    • List and explain any awards received related to academic achievement. (300 words or less)
    • Describe at least three school-related extra-curricular activities. (300 words or less)
    • Describe at least one leadership role that you have held. (300 words or less)

Selection

Five finalists from each of the following regions will be selected: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana/ W. Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. Only one essay per state will be chosen to receive the $2000 scholarship. Recipients will be announced April 2019. Names and schools may be released to the public and/or news media for promotional purposes. Non-winners will be notified via email after the winners have been contacted. 

Criteria

BBB Foundation’s selection committee and panel of third-party judges will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • 25% – Number of votes garnered on the Students of Integrity Scholarship website
  • 25% – Representation of Better Business Bureau brand
  • 25% – Content, creativity, and memorability
  • 25% – Personal statement, leadership, activities, and community service

Voting

Public voting is limited to one vote per day per IP address. This is tracked and controlled by the GDPR WordPress plugin “LikeBTN” and covered by its privacy policy.

Eligibility

To qualify, students must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
  • Attend a high school in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Western Wyoming. Finalists will be required to produce an official transcript on a 4.0 scale from an academic institution. The letter must be enclosed in a sealed envelope.
  • Have future plans for school. Scholarship must be applied to an institute of higher education, whether university, college, vocational school, etc.

Deadline

Applications must be submitted online before 11:59 PST on Monday, March 16, 2020. Incomplete online or mailed applications after this date will not be considered.

Questions

Please email scholarships@thebbb.org for any additional questions.