Burnsville, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2015) — 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.
These scholarships – which are presented in tandem with BBB Torch Awards for Ethics honoring upstanding businesses – are designed to recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people, and will be awarded to students who have demonstrated high character in their personal choices and actions.
“We’re extremely proud to offer these scholarships,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “We believe integrity must always be encouraged at all ages and ethics-based decisions celebrated, but especially insofar as how they shape young lives.”
There are four scholarships available this year – two for $2,500 and two for $1,000. The four scholarship winners will be honored at BBB’s annual Torch Award Ceremony, which recognizes the best in ethical and trustworthy business. This year’s Torch Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday, Oct. 29. 2025.
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 Wednesday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Visit bbb.org/minnesota/programs-services/institute-for-marketplace-ethics/student-of-integrity-scholarship/ for further information on the Student of Integrity Scholarships. Parents or students with questions can contact Mackenzie Kelley at 651-695-2482 or at [email protected].
Scholarship sponsors: CenterPoint Energy, KleinBank, Northland Group 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.