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School's name (or specify home school):
Parent's/guardian's name:
Parent's/guardian's daytime telephone number:


Please provide a copy of everything requested below (PDF Recommended. Please No Google Docs):

I have included my 750-1000 word essay addressing the given topic.

I have included a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member, counselor, employer or community leader.

I have included a list of my activities, affiliations, memberships, etc. with corresponding school year(s) participated or number of hours of service.

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I am submitting an original essay to the Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity Scholarship Essay Contest. I certify that this essay is my own work and that I have abided by all guidelines and requirements of the Students of Integrity Essay Contest. I understand that I must be a senior at a high school in one of the 18-counties* the Tri-State BBB serves for the entirety of the contest. I understand that my essay will not be returned to me and will become the property of the Better Business Bureau to use at its discretion in activities related to the promotion of ethics, trust and integrity and for publicizing the contest. I further understand that the judges' decisions are final.


Applications will be accepted beginning September 14, 2015 and must be received by December 14, 2015.



The applicants must be high school seniors during the 2015/16 academic year. Applicants must attend a school within our 18-county service area and must plan to attend a college or university after graduating high school.


Please read and consider the 20 principles found below entitled UncommonSense® Framework. Select one or more of the UncommonSense principles and write an essay that states which principle(s) you chose, why you have chosen it, and what it means to you. Include a specific and personal example of how you were challenged or struggled through a difficult situation and how you overcame the situation by applying this principle(s).

For further explanation of the principles, visit BBB Center for Character Ethics at: http://www.centerforcharacterethics.org/resources/uncommonsense-framework

UncommonSense ® FRAMEWORK

1.SEEKING WISDOM I seek something greater than intelligence (knowing what is); I seek wisdom, knowing what is right or true.

2.TRUSTWORTHINESS I strive to be who I say I am and to stay true to my beliefs.

3.INTEGRITY I strive to do what I say I will do.

4.HONESTY I strive to consistently speak the truth with compassion.

5.RESPECT I strive to treat others as they would want to be treated.

6.COMPASSION FOR OTHERS I strive to extend unmerited kindness to others as an act of my will.

7.FORGIVENESS I strive to extend and receive from others, unmerited acceptance.

8.UNITY I strive to foster oneness among those to whom I am bound.

9. LEARNING & MENTORING I strive to grow in wisdom and pass it on.

10.SERVING-LEADERSHIP I strive to set the sacrificial example for others to follow.

11.HONORING AUTHORITY I strive to respect boundaries and yield to those given responsibility for others.

12.JUSTICE I strive to uphold truth, expose error and correct wrongs.

13.COURAGE I strive to consistently and persistently act on my strong convictions.

14.ACCOUNTABILITY I strive to self-scrutinize and seek the critique of others.

15.STEWARDSHIP I strive to add value to all that has been entrusted to me.

16.SEEKING COUNSEL I strive to overcome indecision and ignorance by securing wisdom from others.

17.RESPONSIBILITY I strive to fulfill my personal responsibilities as a good citizen.

18.EXCELLENCE I strive to be my very best as I do my very best every day.

19.MATURATION I strive to accept change and seek personal improvement over time.

20.TRANSFORMATION I strive to demonstrate constantly improving positive high character.


Please provide a copy of everything requested below:

    1. Application Form completed and signed. (Please note: all fields in the form must be completed. Applicants submitting incomplete forms will be disqualified.)
    2. Letter of Recommendation and Cover Sheet from a counselor, teacher, employer, or representative from a charity that can verify and speak to your activities, honors, character, etc. The letter must be accompanied by a cover sheet (see attached) that is signed and dated by the counselor or teacher.
    3. List of Activities including school clubs, memberships, involvement in community organizations or charities, sports teams, etc. with the corresponding school year(s) participated or number of hours of service.
    4. Essay: Include your 750-1000 word essay written using MLA format. All essays become property of BBB. Winners' names may be released to the public and news media for promotional purposes.Please include the word count at the bottom of the essay.

You will be scored on presentation, spelling and grammar. Your essay will be a critical part of your overall score.

An independent panel of judges will evaluate essays using the following criteria:

  •     •  understanding of given topic in relation to ethics;

  •     •  literary style, grammar, and spelling;

  •     •  originality in presenting a thoughtful interpretation of the topic;

  •     •  and effectiveness in presenting a point of view.

The panel of judges will also review letters of recommendations and other information provided by the student that details extra curricular activities, etc. Your essay, however, will be a critical part of your overall score. Judges will be looking for an applicant that serves as a positive example to his or her peers.

     *New for 2015/16: The five highest scoring applicants may be asked to interview at the BBB in March to determine the final three recipients. Recipients will be notified in late March 2016 and honored at our awards banquet in April of 2016.


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