Better Business Bureau of Central New England and BBB's Consumer Education Foundation are pleased to announce the accepting of applications for the Barbara J. Sinnott Student of Integrity Scholarship. The scholarship awards $1,000 to four graduating high school students who demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of BBB.
Applications will be accepted up until the deadline of January 31, 2018. Scholarships will be awarded to those who reside in the communities BBB of Central New England serves, which includes central and western Massachusetts and the northeast portion of Connecticut. "The scholarship honors students that embody BBB’s standard of integrity," said Nancy B. Cahalen, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England. "Each year we are inspired by the hard work and veracity of our applicants. They uphold personal ethical standards and demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills and a passion for character building."
In 2017 BBB awarded Meaghen Bernard of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rebecca Rokne of Douglas High School, Anna Pless of Gateway Regional High School and Annalise Holesovsky of Pioneer Valley Regional School each $1,000 towards college expenses.
Students who can demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, display their commitment to community service, and discuss the ways in which their sound ethical judgment governs their everyday lives are eligible for this award. While the scholarship is not based on academic performance, students will be required to submit their current GPA. Scholarships are awarded based on a number of factors. These include an essay answer to a question posed on the importance of character, always doing the right thing, and how they encourage others to also do the right thing. "If you're looking for guidance on how to answer, think of the famous quote from Aldo Leopold, 'Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching - even when doing the wrong thing is legal;'" advises Cahalen. "It's in those moments where someone's true character is revealed."
The Barbara J. Sinnott Student of Integrity Scholarship was named to honor the late Mrs. Sinnott. Sinnott is a past president of BBB of Central New England, a post she held for 18 years. In addition to her longtime service at the BBB, Sinnott held positions in a number of political organizations and government agencies. Scholarships are made possible through the Consumer Education Foundation (CEF), which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funded through donations from Accredited Businesses. CEF exists to educate consumers about marketplace issues, and charitable giving practices and reinforce BBB's mission of advancing marketplace trust.
All entries are due by January 31, 2018, and will be reviewed by a panel of impartial judges.