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BBB announces annual college scholarships

by niagarau
Sat, May 5th 2012 07:00 am

To help college-bound students pay for their education, the Better Business Bureau offers assistance each year through the BBB Student of Integrity Edward A. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship, which honors students who exhibit high standards of ethical and honest behavior. This year BBB, along with AT&T, will offer $17,000 among five college-bound high school seniors who attend school in upstate New York.

 "This is an exciting opportunity for high-school students that hold true to important values," said David Polino, Better Business Bureau president. "We're pleased to afford financial help to students that demonstrate ethical behavior. We're grateful for AT&T's support toward this well deserved recognition."

The Better Business Bureau's Student of Integrity Scholarships will honor students for their demonstration of high ethical standards and personal integrity. To compete, students submit peer nominations that include a description of an ethical dilemma they faced and how they overcame it. Independent judges review hundreds of applications each year to select the winners. BBB and AT&T contacted high schools across upstate New York to encourage nominations from their student body.

 "AT&T is committed to helping high school students stay in school, prepare for college, and learn skills workforce readiness so they can become successful members or community," said Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager, AT&T Upstate New York. "We're proud of our partnership with the Better Business Bureau now in its fifth year and hope students across the state will consider applying for the scholarship."

Students who would like to compete are asked to contact their local public, private or parochial high school administrator for guidelines. Nomination forms, available online at www.upstateny.bbb.org, must be signed and submitted by school administrators.

Five scholarships will be awarded: $5,500; $4,500; $3,000; and two awards of $2,000 each.

Applications are due by May 11 and will be accepted by the Better Business Bureau Scholarship Department at 100 Bryant Woods South, Amherst, NY 14228.

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