The Better Business Bureau serving the Texas Panhandle announces a new awards program: Students of Integrity
Students of Integrity
will honor high school students through a scholarship competition. The award program's purpose is to recognize high school students who are juniors in the 2011/2012 school year (seniors in 2012/2013) in the Texas Panhandle area who personify ethics in their academic activities, leadership responsibilities, community service, home, church and work environments. Ten award winners from high schools throughout the Texas Panhandle area will be selected and each will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college/university of their choice. Program Application Details
Criteria to submit an application for the award include:
- A complete application form
- A 1,000 word or less essay addressing:
- Academic Activites 35%
- Leadership Responbilities 35%
- Community Service 15%
- Integrity in Home and/or Church and/or Work Environments 15%
- Following the principles in the Standards of Integrity
- If an applicant does not attend church or does not work outside of school or home, they are encouraged to apply and address this area (i.e. extra classes or extra school activities limit time for a job or church, or other position) while emphasizing the other areas.
- Attach and label each sheet of your essay and alle ntry forms with your name and school name.
- Completed shcool recommendation form
- Applications must be type written and postmarked for return to the BBB by May 31, 2012. Applications may also be dropped off at the BBB Office, 720 S. Tyler, Suite B112, Amarillo, TX 79101 on or before MAy 31, 2012.
- Only one applicant per school will be accepted. Each high school will select one student of integrity in the junior class to submit an application.
- The awards will be presented in October 2012; therefore students submitting entries must be juniors in the 2011/2012 school year.
- Winners will be announced in mid September and awards presented in conjunction with the annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics in October.
- Parents and a school official will be invited as guests of the BBB. Additional tickets will be available for purchase. An invitation will be sent to all applicants and all high schools.
City: State: Zip:
Home Phone #: Cell Phone #:
High School: Anticipated Graduation Date:
Post Secondary Education Plans:
I plan to attend:
(Enclose your most recent transcript)
Attach a 2 page type written, 1.5 spaced essary of your high school career (approzimately 1,000 words) addressing the information below and incorporating the BBB Standards of Integrity.
Academic Activites 35%
Describe your plans for the immediate future and your long term goals. Tell us about your schol related extracurricular activites. Include any academic awards, honors, offices held, etc.
Leadership Responsibilites 35%
This area will also address school related activities as well as any leadership responsibilities outside of school. Include any relevant awards or positions held in clubs or organizations.
Community Service 15%
Address non school activities, i.e. community service, special projects, volunteering in which you are involved. Include any special awards or positions held.
Integrity in Home and/or Church and/or Work Environments 15%
List any employment, currently or during your high school career. Describe home and church responsibilities and church volunteering if applicable. List any hobbies here.
Standards of Integrity
Review the document titled "Standards of Integrity", the BBB's guide for ethical behavior in all of life's transactions. After reviewing the Standards of Integrity think about your school, work, home and other relationships. Diagnose your relationships, how you act in everyday situations and how you react to others. Tell us how you exercise integrity, and how you put the Standards of Integrity into everyday practice.
I understand that is applying for the BBB Students of Integrity Award. As a representative of high school I would recommend this student for the following reasons: (Please limit comments to 100 words or less).
Signed Printed name
Standards of Integrity
The BBB Standards of Integrity represent ethical behavior in school, home, work and church environments and are practices that develop and increase trust and confidence in young leaders. The Standards of Integrity are built on the BBB Standards for Trust, principles that summarize important elements of creating and maintaining trust in business. In the BBB’s mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust, we have adopted the Standards of Integrity as a model to integrate into all areas of life in the community.
The Standards of Integrity are used as a guide in addressing recommended criteria for students applying for the Students of Integrity Scholarship Awards program. Students throughout the Texas Panhandle who meet the program requirements, complete an application and are recommended by their school will be considered by the BBB for the Students of Integrity Scholarship award.
In applying for the Students of Integrity Scholarship students affirm that they abide by and incorporate in their daily lives the following standards:
Build trust in all relationships. Be trustworthy by standing by commitments made, accomplishing tasks and creating and maintaining a positive track record in school, at home, at work and in all extracurricular activities. Be a student who others look at as someone they can trust. Trust parents, school officials and others that have your best interests at heart.
Commit to being honest with yourself and with others. Be open to constructive criticism with the idea to improve relationships, personal habits and values. Be genuine and kind in relationships and when posting online. Refrain from bullying.
Tell the truth in both written and verbal communications remembering that misrepresentation may result from direct statements as well as by omitting or obscuring relevant facts. Be truthful yet kind to others; by telling the truth even in situations that may not be popular or that could bring embarrassment now but help establish the foundation for an honest lifestyle.
Be respectful of yourself and others. Ensure that homework, reports, etc. are genuine, clear, accurate and complete. Adopt an attitude of tolerance, understanding and respect both in written and verbal communications. Respond to friends, teachers, parents and anyone in authority with the appropriate level of respect.
Be someone others can count on. Respond to others with a happy disposition and an attitude that says you are willing to help (a sibling in need of homework assistance, a parent with extra chores or a friend or neighbor who needs help). Take responsibility for the things you do well and the things that might need improvement.
6. SAFEGUARD PRIVACY
Protect any personal information entrusted to you. Keep confidences and refrain from gossip and hurtful comments. Respect the preferences of others when sharing information. Protect your privacy by knowing who you share personal information with and why.
7. PERSONIFY INTEGRITY
Approach all life situations with a commitment to integrity; doing and teaching others to do the right thing.