BBB Torch Scholarships
BBB Torch Scholarships recognize students who personify high ethical standards as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity, and academic history.

Torch Scholarships are given to college-bound high school juniors, seniors, and college undergraduates who reside or attend school within BBB of Eastern North Carolina's 33-county service area. Scholarship prizes totaling $14,000 will be awarded.

Spring 2017 Torch Scholarships Awards:

  • $1,000 Air Experts BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 Air Works BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 Student of Ethics BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 J. Kenneth Lesley Memorial Torch Scholarship*
    • This is a need-based scholarship. Additional information is below. 
  • $2,000 National Pawn BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $2,000 National Pawn BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 NC Rebuild, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $5,000 Student of Ethics BBB Torch Scholarship

To be eligible, students must sumbit:

  • Completed Application
  • Essay
  • Transcript (unoffical transcripts are accepted)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a BBB Accredited Business.

Completed application packets are due by 5 p.m., April 3, 2017.

Click to Download Scholarship Application

For additional information, contact Alyssa Gutierrez at (919) 277-4220 or

*This need-based scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolling in, attending or transferring from a community college or technical school. Financial Information might be requested at a later time to verify qualification for this scholarship. Applicants for the J. Kenneth Lesley Memorial Scholarship are automatically included in judging for all available scholarships.

Thank you to our Spring 2017 Scholarship Sponsors:


Air Experts

Air Works Heating & Air 




National Pawn

NC Rebuild, Inc.   



Congratulations to the Fall 2016 BBB Torch Scholarship winners! 

BBB Torch Scholarship - $5,000 

Caroline Kuhn, Rose High School

National Pawn BBB Torch Scholarship - $3,000 

Harrison Schodt, East Carolina University

Air Works BBB Torch Scholarship - $3,000 

Jason Schodt, East Carolina University

The Vericom Group BBB Torch Scholarship - $1,000 

Nathan Shaul, Duke University

Triangle Office Equipment BBB Torch Scholarship - $1,000 

Sarah Smith, Garner Magnet High School

Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems BBB Torch Scholarship - $1,000 

Chad Kibbe, North Carolina State University

Confero, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship - $1,000

Jenna Seagle, New Bern High School

NC Rebuild, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship - $1,000

Aaron Sents, Coastal Carolina Community College

Air Experts, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship - $1,000

Kristin Hommel, North Carolina State University


Click here to learn about BBB Torch Awards, created to showcase ethical companies and charities in eastern North Carolina that build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, remain transparent, and honor their promises.