BBB Torch Scholarships
Scholarship Application Period Closed


BBB is pleased to announce that Noah Kiser, a junior at Smithfield-Selma High School, has been named the recipient of the $5,000 Spring 2015 BBB Torch Scholarship!


The Spring 2015 Torch Scholarship application period has closed. BBB will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2015 Torch Scholarships in September 2015. Please check back soon.



BBB Torch Scholarships recognize students who personify high ethics as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history. To be eligible, students must submit a 400-500 word essay, along with an application, transcript and a letter of recommendation from a BBB Accredited Business.


  • $5,000


  • 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 included in Torch Scholarship application above.


  • Essay topic: While working at Joe’s Auto Shop, you take an order for a new transmission. Your immediate boss knowingly provides you with a refurbished transmission with which to fill the order. This transmission costs significantly less than the one being charged to the customer. What would you do? BBB has considered numerous reactions and their ramifications, but  is most interested in your truthful response. Please share your thought process regarding your option(s) and tell what you would do.
  • 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%


Download Torch Scholarship Application 


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.