2017 St. Louis BBB Student of Ethics Application
For High School Juniors Graduating in Spring 2018
Before you begin, please be make sure you have the following items:
- An electronic copy of your high school transcripts,
- One letter of reference from a teacher, school official, church official, or employer (not a family member)
- A 300-word essay (the essay topic is listed below)
Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois Student of Ethics Scholarship Program recognizes juniors in high school who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity, and academic history. Two students will be selected by an independent panel of judges to receive scholarships of $2,500 each, sent on their behalf to any accredited college or trade school of their choice. The scholarship must be used within three years of receiving the award, and will be distributed to the student's college or trade school upon verification of enrollment. The scholarship must be applied toward school-related expenses, including: tuition, books, room and board, or other related items. Award certificates will be presented to recipient students at BBB's TORCH Awards event in October, and scholarship money will be sent to the colleges or trade schools after the students enroll. BBB will pay for the student to attend this luncheon banquet and will provide two additional tickets for the student's parents or guests.
Winners will be selected by independent judges chosen by BBB. Judges will select the scholarship recipients based on their leadership, contributions to their communities and schools, personal integrity, academic accomplishments, letters of reference and written essay. Decisions of the judges are final.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Illinois or Missouri. The scholarship is open to qualified, high-school juniors in one of the following counties:
Missouri counties: Carter, Clark, Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Monroe, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Reynolds, Shannon, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, St. Louis (City), Warren, Washington.
Illinois counties: Adams, Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, Richland, Shelby, St. Clair, Washington.
Entries should include the COMPLETED ENTRY FORM, a 300-word essay written by the student, and the student's HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT. ONE LETTER OF REFERENCE for the student (e.g. from a teacher, school official, church official, employer, etc. - no family members, please) should be uploaded to this website. THE LETTER OF REFERENCE SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 100 WORDS.
All submitted entries become the property of BBB and cannot be returned. Winning students will be notified in early August. All non-winning students will be notified via e-mail after winning students are contacted.
Leadership - 10%, Community Service - 10%, Academic - 10%, Letter of Reference - 10%, Essay - 60%. Students should demonstrate their commitment to high ethical behavior and provide documentation in the following areas:
LEADERSHIP - 10%
- Describe any extra-curricular, school-related activities. Include awards/honors or offices held.
- List past and present employers and describe positions held (if applicable, not required).
COMMUNITY SERVICE - 10%
- Describe activities outside of the school and within your community, such as church, charitable or community activities.
ACADEMIC - 10%
- Upload a copy of most recent transcript
- Describe post-secondary education plans, upload to form
LETTER OF REFERENCE:
- Personal recommendation with reasons. Upload to form.
ESSAY - 60%
- Upload a 300-word essay on an ethical dilemma the student has faced, and how they resolved it.
- All essays become property of BBB. Winners' names may be released to the public and news media for promotional purposes.
Complete the online form below. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Please make sure the entry is complete (essay, transcript and letter of reference). Sealed copies of transcripts can be opened and scanned or copied by the applicant and uploaded to this form.
DEADLINE: Must be entered by 11:59 p.m., JUNE 2, 2017.
AWARD: Recipients of BBB Student of Ethics Award will be asked to attend BBB's TORCH Awards event in October. Details on this event will be forthcoming. The awards will be sent to the winning student's selected college or trade school.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Chris Thetford at 314-645-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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