Contest offers juniors, seniors major scholarships

COAST CITIES — Before the new school year gets even busier for high school juniors or seniors, the San Diego Better Business Bureau is inviting all 11th- and 12th-graders to write and submit a 400-word essay on the importance of marketplace ethics and receive up to a $1,500 scholarship from the bureau.
All graduating classes of 2011 or 2012 who attend an accredited high school in San Diego or Imperial counties, and who reside in San Diego or Imperial counties, are eligible to submit an essay. The essays should include viewpoints and examples, including how marketplace ethics involves integrity, honesty and civility in our community. An independent panel of judges will evaluate the essays based on inclusion of personal viewpoints and/or examples (5 points); relevance to the theme (5 points); readability and clarity (5 points); and spelling and grammar (5 points).
There is no cost to submit an essay. Deadline for essays is 5 p.m., Oct. 25. Essays can be submitted via mail, fax or e-mail. An application form and more details are available at Look for “Announcements,” then click “2010 Torch Awards.” For more information, contact Andrea McNelis at the BBB offices at (858) 496-2141, or via e-mail at
Five students will be awarded with cash scholarships of $1,500, $1,250, $1,000, $750 and $500 at the BBB’s 2010 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics presentation luncheon Dec. 7. The BBB’s scholarship program is part of its 2010 Torch Awards program, which honors businesses and nonprofit organizations for demonstrating ethical business practices.


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