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Wednesday, January 20 2016

Deadline Approaches for BBB Scholarship

Adapted from a Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central New England, Inc. press release:

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central New England and BBB's Consumer Education Foundation (CEF) are reminding local students to apply for the Barbara J. Sinnott Student of Integrity Scholarship before the January 31, 2016 deadline.  The scholarship awards $1,000 each to 4 graduating high school students who demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of the Better Business Bureau. Scholarships will be awarded to those students who reside in the communities served by BBB of Central New England which includes central and western Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut.

"In 2015, we received scholarship applications from many outstanding students;" said Nancy B. Cahalen, President and CEO of BBB of Central New England. "We were inspired by the work of all of our entrants and by their academic excellence, leadership skills, and passion for character building. We're looking forward to announcing this year's winners."

The Barbara J. Sinnott Student of Integrity Scholarship was named to honor the late Mrs. Sinnott, a past president of BBB of Central New England---a post she held for 18 years.  Scholarships are made possible through the CEF, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded through donations from Accredited Businesses. The CEF exists to educate consumers about marketplace issues and charitable giving practices and reinforce the BBB's mission of advancing marketplace trust.

Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors based on several factors. These include an essay answer to a question posed on the importance of character, always doing the right thing, and how to 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."

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 solely on academic performance, students will be required to submit a recent transcript. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of impartial judges. Click here to download the entry form and instructions.

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About Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central New England
The mission of BBB is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and consumers, through voluntary self-regulation, business and consumer education, and service excellence. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been connecting consumers to trusted businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. People turn to BBB more than 165 million times last year for BBB Business Reviews on over 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB of Central New England, Inc. was founded in 1940 and serves 225 communities in Worcester, Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties, as well as parts of Middlesex County, and 7 towns in Connecticut. BBB of Central New England is one of 113 local, independent, BBBs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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