Buffalo Grove High School senior Jake Siebert, of Arlington Heights, was awarded one of four $2,500 one-year college scholarships from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Educational Foundation at the annual Torch Awards Luncheon on Nov. 21. The scholarships are awarded based on demonstration of leadership skills, community service, academic achievement and a written or video essay on what Ethics and Integrity mean to the candidate.
"The Educational Foundation received many scholarship applications this year. Each of the four winners had a clear understanding of why ethics and integrity are important in both business and in the community," says Kimberly Svoboda, Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation chairman. "Our winners surpassed my expectations."
Siebert is a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society and is Varsity Captain for both wrestling and gymnastics. He is also an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commend Scholar. Siebert also is very involved in Boy Scouts, being both a Senior Patrol Leader and an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Some of his community service activities include volunteering at Christ Episcopal Church's soup kitchen, participating in an Appalachia Service Project during three summers and tutoring a student for Spanish class.
The three other scholarship recipients are Brittany Ells of Warren Township High School, Joseph Horwitz of Glenbrook South High School and Tyler Harris of Saint Viator High School.
The mission of the Educational Foundation is to provide information and develop resources that promote and build awareness of ethical business practices and marketplace trust to consumers and businesses.
As a private, nonprofit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.
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