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St. Louis, MO
Student of Ethics Awards
High school juniors resident in this BBB's region may apply for the BBB's Student of Ethics award in the spring of their junior year.

For High School Students Graduating In Spring 2015

Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Missouri & Southern Illinois Student of Ethics Award Program recognizes juniors in high school who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity, and academic history.
Three students will be selected by an independent panel of judges to receive scholarships of $2,500 each, sent on their behalf to any accredited college of their choice. Scholarships must be used within three years of receiving the award, and will be distributed to the student’s college upon verification of enrollment. The scholarship must be applied toward school-related expenses, including: tuition, books, room and board or other related items.

Award certificates will be presented to recipient students at the BBB’s TORCH Awards event in October. BBB will pay for the student to attend this luncheon banquet and will rovide two additional tickets for the student’s parents or guests.

: Winners will be selected by independent judges chosen by BBB. Judges will select the scholarship recipients based on their leadership, contributions to their communities and schools, personal integrity, academic accomplishments, letter of reference and written essay. Decisions of the judges are final.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Illinois or Missouri. The scholarship program is open to qualified, high-school juniors in the 92 counties in Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri served by St. Louis BBB. Entries should include the completed entry form (at the link below), a one-page essay written by the student, and the student’s high school transcript. One letter of reference for the student (e.g. from a teacher, school official, church official, employer, etc. – no family members, please) should be included. The letter of reference should be no longer than 100 words.

All submitted entries become the property of BBB and cannot be returned. Winning students will be notified via email in early-July. All non-winning students will be notified via e-mail after winning students are contacted.

 Leadership-10%, Community Service-10%, Academic-10%, Letter of Reference–10%, Essay-60%.

Students should demonstrate their commitment to high ethical behavior and provide documentation in the following areas:

Leadership (10%)

  • Describe any extra-curricular, school-related activities. Include awards/honors or offices held.
  • List past and present employers and describe positions held (if applicable, not required).

Community Service (10%)

  • Describe activities outside of school and within your community, such as church, charitable or community activities.

Academic (10%)

  • Enclose a copy of most recent transcript
  • Describe post-secondary education plans

Letter of Reference (10%)

  • Personal recommendation with reasons

Essay (60%)

  • Write a 300 word essay on the importance of ethics in school, business and our community and describe how the student handled an ethical dilemma. Discuss viewpoints and give examples, as applicable. The student may want to discuss how marketplace ethics involves integrity, honesty and civility in our community. Ethics can be described as a decision-making process that enables us to determine the “right” thing to do in a given, sometimes difficult, situation.

PROCEDURE: Please make sure that the information is complete (essay, transcript and letter of reference) Incomplete entries will not be accepted or acknowledged. Please make sure that the folder of information is complete (essay, transcript and letter of reference). Uploaded copies of transcripts can be opened and copied. 

DEADLINE: The deadline is 12:59 p.m. May 30, 2014 for online submissions, which are preferred.

To print the Application Form for your use in preparing your submission, please click here.
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Student of Ethics Sponsors

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