BBB Pacific Southwest Awards Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Winners in Greater Arizona

Published by The Bee News

November 23, 2021

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Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) has proudly awarded five scholarships to high school students in Greater Arizona for their winning essays on “The Importance of Character and Ethics.” Held annually, the contest encourages students to write an essay about doing the right thing when they are faced with an ethical dilemma. This year’s scholarship program was sponsored by Swiss America and Valley of the Sun-Camelback Kiwanis Club.

2021 Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Winners:

  •                  First Place of $1,500: Dylan Caton from Lake Havasu High School
  •                  Second Place of $1,250: Sonya Colattur from Xavier College Preparatory
  •                  Third Place of $1,000: Ella Hamer from BASIS Scottsdale
  •                  Fourth Place of $750: Joan Isabelle Walton from Xavier College Preparatory
  •                  Fifth Place of $500: Landen Patrick Knutson from Heritage Academy Gateway

First place winner Dylan Caton shared how integrity is more than a one-time action; it’s a way of living.

“People will always make mistakes, but owning up to your wrongdoing is what counts. It is never easy to give up a piece of dignity, but making that decision is the most valuable step in leading a life with strong moral principles,” said Caton.

Gary Sneed, Desert Financial Credit Union Sr. V.P. and Chief Lending Officer, acknowledged that educational expenses continue to rise for students; so they surprised each of the five winners with an additional $1,000 scholarship to help them soar.

To learn more about the Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship program, and to read the winning essays, visit scholarships.bbbcommunity.org. Applications for next year’s scholarship will open on January 1, 2022.

Value 
BBB encourages businesses to operate with integrity, and helps consumers make wise marketplace decisions. Our innovative approach to business growth provides the tools that companies and entrepreneurs need to build better businesses. By working side by side with industry experts, we unite with a common goal. Become BBB Accredited and join our mission to create a community of trust.

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For media inquiries, contact pr@bbbcommunity. Please allow a 24 hour courtesy for interview requests. For additional news stories, visit bbb.org/us/news. Published with permission from Better Business Bureau.

About the Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest.
For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2020, people turned to BBB more than 220 million times for BBB Business Profiles on 6.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at BBB.org. The International Association of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest serves Greater Arizona and Southern California, providing critical tools to ignite success including mentorship, online products and access to capital. Our objective expertise educates the community on ethical behavior in the marketplace and how businesses can build trust.

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