St. Louis, Mo., March 20, 2018 – Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois is now accepting applicants for this year’s “Student of Ethics Award.” The Student of Ethics award is a $2,500 college or trade school scholarship that recognizes high school students who demonstrate high ethics through leadership, community service, personal integrity and academic achievement.This year, the Student of Ethics awards will be presented by region at BBB TORCH Award events in the fall. BBB will pay for each winner to attend the event and will provide two additional tickets for the student’s parents or guests. Culligan, Drury Hotels, Graybar, John Beal, Precision Construction and Wren Homes are sponsors of the Student of Ethics Awards this year. Students are asked to submit an application that includes academic, leadership and service achievements as well as a 300-word essay and a letter of recommendation. A panel of independent judges will choose the winners, considering each student’s leadership qualities, academic performance, character and essay.Six awards in total will be presented, based on the population in this BBB's service area. In the St. Louis region, one award will be presented to a student in Missouri, and one award will be presented to a student in Illinois. One award will be presented for each of this BBB's outlying regions: Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Quincy, and Springfield. Students should apply for the award for the region in which they reside, which are as follows:Counties in the St. Louis Region:Missouri counties: Carter, Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Lincoln, Montgomery, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Reynolds, Shannon, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, St. Louis (City), Warren, Washington.Illinois counties: Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Moultrie, Randolph, Richland, Shelby, St. Clair, Washington.Counties in the Cape Girardeau Region:Missouri counties: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne. Illinois counties: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wayne, White and WilliamsonCounties in the Columbia Region:Missouri counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, and Randolph.Counties in the Quincy Region:Missouri counties: Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Scotland, Shelby Illinois counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, Schuyler, ScottCounties in the Springfield Region:Missouri counties: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright.Last year, Riley Schelp, of Lutheran High School, and Daniel Burns, of Mount Olive High School, received the awards for the St. Louis region. Schelp hosted a fundraiser to earn money for the cleaning and renovation of the restroom at her school. “With my team of four other students, I spent Christmas break scrubbing graffiti off the bathroom stalls, painting and sprucing up the girls’ bathroom,” Schelp wrote in her essay. “Instead of rumors, there were inspiring quotes painted on the walls. The bathrooms were no longer disgusting - they were gorgeous!”Burns wrote about how he faced a tough ethical dilemma that tested his beliefs in sportsmanship and fair play. “I, as well as several of my teammates, couldn’t understand why I was benched in favor of a coach’s son late in our baseball season,” Burns wrote. “Fair or not, the coach had made the decision. All I could do going forward was support my teammates in our upcoming games and work even harder than ever to return to the starting lineup.”Student of Ethics applications are due by June 22, 2018. More information is available online or by calling Chris Thetford, BBB Director of Communications, at (314) 645-3300.