BBB Torch Scholarships
$12,000 in Scholarships to be Awarded

BBB Torch Scholarships recognize students who personify high ethics as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history. Entries are due by March 21, 2016.


  • $1,000 Raleigh Heating and Air BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 Student of Trust BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 Student of Trust BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $1,000 Student of Trust BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $3,000 Student of Character BBB Torch Scholarship
  • $5,000 Student of Ethics BBB Torch Scholarship

*Your application qualifies you for each of the above scholarships.

Download Torch Scholarship Application


  • Current college-bound high school juniors and seniors, and college undergraduates who reside within BBB’s 33-county service area. (Click here for a list of the counties we serve.)


  • Obtain a brief letter of recommendation and signature from a representative of a BBB Accredited Business (visit BBB Accredited business directory). Use form included in Torch Scholarship application above.


  • Essay topic: As the CEO of a company, how would you incorporate BBB’s Code of Business Practice into your organization? Explain why each practice is important and how it would impact your relationship with consumers and other businesses. 
  • Essay must be student’s original work, 1,000 words or less, 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.
  • Click here to see one example of a past winning essay, and click here to see another example of a winning essay.


  • 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% 

BBB must receive entries by March 21, 2016. 

Congratulations to the Fall 2015 BBB Torch Scholarship winners! 

BBB Torch Scholarship- $5000 

Sydney Parrish, Louisburg High School

BBB Torch Scholarship- $3000 

Nathan Shaul, Croatan High School

BBB Torch Scholarship- $1000 

Paige Jones, Chapel Hill High School

Triangle Office Equipment, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship- $1000 

 Taylor Bailey, Granville Central High School

National Pawn BBB Torch Scholarship- $1000 

Sevryn Schaller, Southern Lee High School

Confero, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship- $1000 

Lily Olmo, Wake Forest High School

 Thank you to our Spring 2016 Sponsor:

 Raleigh Heating and Air


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.