BBB Names 2013 Torch Scholarship Recipients

February 21, 2014

Better Business Bureau serving Eastern NC announced the recipients of the 2013 BBB Torch Scholarships at a ceremony held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on February 19. BBB Torch Scholarships recognize students who personify high ethics as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history.

BBB Torch Scholarship entries were evaluated by an independent panel of judges comprised of volunteer business and community leaders in eastern North Carolina. A record number of entries were received this year from both high school students and college undergraduates in BBB’s 33-county service area.

Applicants were evaluated on their involvement in the community, leadership and academic achievement. They were also required to obtain a letter of recommendation from a BBB Accredited Business and complete an essay. This year’s essay topic was “How can ethical businesses utilize social media to reach younger demographics?”

BBB congratulates the winners of the 2013 Torch Scholarships!

First Place - $2,000

Madison Pontrelli, Wake Forest High School

Second Place -$1,500

Daniela Paredes, UNC Chapel Hill

Third Place -$1,000

Richard Wheeler, North Raleigh Christian Academy

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