Integrity Award Scholarship Applications

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation invites high school seniors in the Omaha metro area and in southwest Iowa to apply for its annual “Scott Mecham Student of Integrity Awards”. In 2013, eight students will each be granted $2,000 college scholarships: two from metro Omaha and southwest Iowa, two from metro Lincoln and greater Nebraska, two from the Kansas Plains and two from South Dakota.

The Student of Integrity Award Scholarships were created in 2007 to recognize and nurture future ethical business leaders and to honor the memory of Mr. Mecham, who served as BBB president from 1991 until January, 2006. The Winners will be selected by four panels of independent judges representing the academic and business communities in Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux Falls and Wichita. They consider each student’s character, leadership, academics and the content of their essays. The students who are granted the scholarships will be those who best demonstrate their commitment to honesty and accountability both inside and outside the classroom.

The award Winners will be announced in April 2013 and recognized at a BBB Integrity Awards Luncheon in the fall. “It is always a very difficult task for the judges to choose the Winners because of the fine quality of the applications. But now, more than ever, it is important to reward our students, our future leaders, for their integrity. Given the large number of applications received each year, it gives us great hope to know that high moral character and the understanding of ethics are alive and well in students throughout our BBB’s service area!” said BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty.

The application guide with full details and required forms can be downloaded at For more information, please contact BBB Communications Director Margo Riekes at 402-898-8526, 800-649-6814 #8526 or The BBB and its Foundation look forward to rewarding eight well-deserving students for upholding high ethical standards. Application deadline is Friday March 8, 2013.

The 2012 Student of Integrity Award Scholarship Winners from metro Omaha and southwest Iowa were Arianne Gesell from Fremont, Nebraska. She attended Concordia High School in Omaha and Ann Himes from Papillion, Nebraska. Ann graduated from Papillion-La Vista Senior High School.

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