BBB Torch Scholarships
Apply today for the $5,000 Spring 2015 Torch Scholarship!














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


Entries are due May 12, 2015



  • $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% 



Congratulations to the Fall 2014 BBB Torch Scholarship 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)



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.