BBB Names 2015-2016 Torch Scholarship Recipients

May 17, 2016

Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina announced the recipients of the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 BBB Torch Scholarships at a ceremony held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on May 11. 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 primarily on an essay involving an ethical dilemma. They were also evaluated on their involvement in the community, leadership and academic achievement, and were required to obtain a letter of recommendation from a BBB Accredited Business.

Fall 2015 BBB Torch Scholarship Winners:

$5,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Sydney Parrish, Louisburg High School, Louisburg, NC


$3,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Nathan Shaul, Croatan High School, Newport, NC


$1,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Paige Jones, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC   


$1,000 Confero, Inc. BBB Torch Scholarship

Lily Olmo, Wake Forest High School, Wake Forest, NC


$1,000 Triangle Office Equipment BBB Torch Scholarship

Taylor Bailey, Granville Central High School, Stem, NC  


$1,000 National Pawn BBB Torch Scholarship

Sevryn Schaller, Southern Lee High School, Sanford, NC  


Spring 2016 BBB Torch Scholarship Winners:

$5,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Malena Howerton, Heritage High School, Wake Forest, NC


$3,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Brandon Lawson, Homeschool, Youngsville, NC


$1,000 Raleigh Heating and Air BBB Torch Scholarship

Elizabeth Balla, Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, NC


$1,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Morgan Jarman, Richlands High School, Richlands, NC  


$1,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Morgan Pedley, Lee County High School, Sanford, NC  


$1,000 BBB Torch Scholarship

Marissa Vaughan, Northern Vance High School, Henderson, NC  


For information on applying for the fall 2016 Torch Scholarships, visit