The BBB of SETX recognized six regional students for the Student of Integrity for the first year of their program, including two outstanding local seniors.
Lumberton Seniors Ryan Rhodes and Jace Walker will join Westbrook Seniors: Leila Abel, Ana Marquez-Pereda, and Hunter Syas along with Ally McKinney, of Dayton High School in receiving recognition.
Jace’s parents John and Julie Walker along with Ryan’s parents Mike and Regina Rhodes are proud of their kid’s accomplishment.
Mom Julie expressed her pride saying that they knew of his award, and even more gratified to learn that his classmate Ryan is also a recipient.
“Our boys have grown up to be great, compassionate young men,” she wrote.
Only six recipients are honored as future leaders by the organization for the entire Southeast Texas region.
“BBB of SETX Foundation is excited to present our first Student of Integrity scholarships, which are part of the Future Leaders program housed under our BBB Center for Character Ethics,” Liz Fredrichs, CEO/President BBB Foundation of SETX.
Each of the students will receive the $2500 BBB scholarship award through the BBB Foundation.
“All honorees were selected by a team of independent judges from candidates representing an 8 and a half county region and will be recognized at the Torch Awards for Ethics event on March 7th, at the Beaumont Civic Center,” Fredrichs said,
Each recipient a one-time scholarship payable to the college or university of their choice in the Fall of 2019.
“We recognize that the strength of our local communities depends on preparing our future workforce, she said.
Each candidate completed an application requesting leadership roles, community service activities, and an essay detailing an ethical challenge and resolution. Transcripts and letters of references were included.
The program supports ethics and character in future leaders of our region.
“Our judges commented on the quality of the student’s applications, and we look forward to expanding our Future Leaders Program in the future, Fredrichs said.
The Student of Integrity program is part of the Future Leaders Program which is scheduled for more results in the 2019-2020 school year.
Students are encouraged to review information about applications at www.bbb.org/southeast-texas/programs-services/education-foundation-and-program.
The Future Leaders Program recognizes local students whose high character and leadership, community service, personal integrity, and academic achievement make them outstanding.
The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics event on March 7th will feature live music and dancing, silent and live auctions. For more information and registration visit www.bbb.org/southeast-texas/tae or call 409-835-5951.