Torch Scholarships
Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarships Winners!












Congratulations to the 2014 BBB Torch Scholarships winners!


Gold Award Winner- $2,000

Tyler Schodt, Franklin Academy High School


Silver Award Winners- $1,500

Meredith Ellington, Kerr-Vance Academy

Elizabeth Nowlin, White Oak High School


Bronze Award Winners- $1,000

Megan Brinson, Richlands High School

Chad Kibbe, Wake Tech

Sloane Pfaff, West Carteret High School

Jason Schodt, Franklin Academy High School


Honorable Mentions- $200

Juliana Denmark, Leesville Road High School

Sarah Lesley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Madison Pontrelli, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christian Rust, New Bern High School

Julia Scott, Wake Technical Community College (Raleigh)


Check back soon for information on the 2015 Torch Scholarships.

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


  • $2,000 - First place
  • $1,500 - Second place
  • $1,000 - Third place


  • Current college-bound high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates who reside within BBB’s 33-county service area (Beaufort, Carteret, Chatham, Craven, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Person, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson).


  • Obtain a brief letter of recommendation and signature from a representative of a BBB Accredited Business (visit BBB Accredited business directory). Use form below.


  • Essay topic: You and your best friend have just finished a meal at a new café. The food was disappointing and the service could be described as poor at best. As you exit and walk along the sidewalk in front of the café’s out­door seating, a $20 bill, presumably having blown off a table, lands at your feet. Your friend picks up the money and puts it in his/her pocket. 

          Describe multiple responses to the situation and justify which you feel is most appropriate.

  • Essay must be student’s original work, 400-500 words, typed, on 8.5”x11” paper.
  • Essay to be evaluated by an independent panel of judges on effectiveness in presenting a point of view, thoughtful and creative interpretation of the topic, grammar, and spelling. Essay must be student's original work.


  • Submission must include essay, letter of recommendation, transcript and completed application form to be considered. The following scale will be used in assessing entries:

Essay - 50%
Academic Achievement - 30%
Leadership/Community Service - 20%



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.