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BBB Center for Ethics will award scholarships to high school seniors who best represent ethics and a willingness to interact thoughtfully with the concept, as demonstrated through the character, quality, and creativity of their videos and applications.


ENTRY PERIOD:  Applications in the Student of Integrity Awards competition (the “Competition”) must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2019.


ELIGIBILITY:  The Competition is open to high school seniors who live in the BBB’s 20-county service area*, (ii) have YouTube and Facebook accounts, and (iii) plan to continue their post-secondary education through an accredited university, college, or vocational school. Applicants who are immediate family members (child, sibling) of a BBB employee, or who live in the same household as a BBB employee, are not eligible to enter.


HOW TO ENTER:  Complete the following online application form and submit your entry electronically. The entry has three components. Eligible entries must include all three and must meet all additional requirements set forth in this document. Applications must be submitted electronically. If you have any problems with attachments or with the video link, contact the Vice President of BBB Center for Ethics using the information below.


​VIDEO:  Applicant must create a video no more than 120 seconds in length about an ethical dilemma, either real or fictional, encountered in school or work.  Videos should showcase not just the ethical dilemma, but also how it was resolved (again, real or fictional), whether positively or negatively, and its overall impact.


To submit the video, first upload it on YouTube with the hashtag #soi2019 in the description. Then share your YouTube video on Facebook with the hashtag #soi2019 in the post. It is absolutely essential that you include the hashtag on both platforms, as this is how we collect viewer response. (We’d love it if you also tag BBB Center for Ethics in your post, but this is not required.) Then copy and paste the link to your video into the online application form.

​VIDEO WRITE UP:  This is an explanation of your video, in no more than 500 words. Writer’s block? Help us understand what we’re seeing in your video. You could tell us how your video presented an ethical dilemma and its impact, where you got your idea, what your process was like, etc. You will be prompted to attach your Video Write-Up to the online application.


​PERSONAL STATEMENT:  This is a brief introduction of yourself, in no more than 500 words. Writer’s block? Just tell us who you are in a few words. You could talk about your school, activities, passions, plans for the future, etc. You will be prompted to attach your Personal Statement to the online application.



  • ​​All aspects of your entry must be your original work and not previously published.  


  • ​If you use music in your video, it must be either (i) your original creation (which includes the composition, lyrics, arrangement, and performance), or (ii) licensed under the Creative Commons (make sure the license includes the right to prepare “derivative works”!).


  • ​If anyone other than you appears in your video, you must also have that person’s written permission for you (i) to enter the video in the Competition and (ii) to give BBB the right to use the video for the purposes set forth below in 4(g).


  • ​If you are using statistics in your entry, you must cite your sources.


  • ​Entries will be deemed void if, in our sole discretion, they include material that is unsafe, immoral, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging of any racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, or other minority group, defamatory, infringing, in violation of any third party rights, in violation of any other law, or inconsistent with the image of the BBB.


  • ​No offer to pay for views or likes is permitted, nor are offers of like-kind exchanges (I’ll “like your entry if you vote for mine).  Use of any third party paid website or automated voting scheme is disqualifying.


  • ​You hereby grant to the BBB and its affiliates and licensees the irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license, in any and all forms of media whatsoever, now known or later developed, (i) to use, publish, and broadcast your name, likeness, voice, image, and biographical information as they appear in your Student of Integrity Awards entry, and any material based thereon or derived therefrom (the “Publicity Data”), or to refrain from so doing, and (ii) to exploit the copyright in that entry, and any ancillary and subsidiary rights therein, including without limitation the right to edit, publish, use, adapt, copy, disseminate, or dispose of the entry without further compensation or notification of any kind, except as prohibited by law.  Rights granted herein are only for purposes of promoting this and future Competitions and the BBB Center for Ethics, and for educational and internal BBB purposes.


  • You hereby waive any right to inspect or approve the manner in which BBB uses the Publicity Data or entry in connection with the above purposes, and hereby release and discharge BBB (and its officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, and designees) from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use, alteration, distortion or illusionary effect of the Publicity Data or the entry, including but not limited to claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, or copyright infringement.  You understand that you will receive no fee or payment for the use of the Publicity Data and acknowledge that BBB may take actions in reliance on your consent to the terms set forth herein.


  • You agree to release and hold harmless BBB and its officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”), from any and all liability for claims, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind which you may have or which may hereafter accrue to you, resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Competition or any Competition-related activity or from any interaction with or downloading of Competition information; and you indemnify the Released Parties from and against any and all liabilities, losses, and damages of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from your participation in the Competition, including without limitation claims that any aspect of your entry infringes or violates the rights of any third party.


SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS:  There will be four winners in all: three SOI scholarship recipients and one Thomas J. Klinedinst Jr. SOI scholarship recipient.  All eligible entries will be judged by an independent panel of business executives, community leaders, and/or educators. Applicants with the highest scores based on the following criteria will be chosen:

  • 5% Number of views on YouTube by July 1

  • 5% Number of likes on Facebook by July 1

  • 15% Personal Statement

  • 20% Video content and creativity

  • 20% Video Write-Up

  • 35% Understanding and representation of ethics in the portrayal of an ethical dilemma and its impact

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the “Understanding and representation of ethics” criterion will be deemed the winner. If entries remain tied, the entry with the highest score in “Video Write-Up” will be deemed the winner. If the entries are still tied, the judges will select the entry they believe best represents the overall theme of the Competition.

Winners will be notified on or around September 30, 2019 by email and/or telephone. Winners will be announced on, and links to the winning videos will be posted there as well.

AWARDS:  Each of the three SOI scholarship recipients will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The Thomas J. Klinedinst Jr. SOI scholarship recipient will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Total amount of all scholarships to be awarded is $5,000. Scholarships will be in the form of a check to the recipient, upon proof of recipient’s enrollment in an eligible school not later than five (5) years after notification of the award.


GENERAL CONDITIONS:  All decisions of BBB Center for Ethics are final. By your participation, you agree to be bound by these rules and to release, indemnify, and hold the BBB Center for Ethics and its affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, and damages of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from your participation in the Competition, including without limitation claims that any aspect of your entry infringes or violates the rights of any third party.


LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  BBB Center for Ethics makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to the awards.  Some jurisdictions may not permit limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties.  Check your local laws to determine if any of the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.  We are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or unintelligible entries, including entries not received because of interrupted or unavailable network servers, failed communications networks or equipment, computer hardware or software, or other errors or malfunctions whether human, mechanical, or electronic.  Should we, in our sole discretion, determine that the Competition has been compromised by virus, bugs, hackers, or other causes beyond our control, we reserve the right to terminate the Competition and choose the winners in a fair and reasonable manner from among all eligible entries submitted prior to termination.


PRIVACY:  With the exception of each winner’s name, school, city, and state, and the winning videos, information collected by BBB Center for Ethics solely in connection with the Competition will not be shared with third parties.


WINNERS LIST:  A list of winners may be obtained by sending a request to the Vice President of the BBB Center for Ethics at the address below no later than December 31, 2019.


COMPETITION SPONSOR:  The Competition is sponsored by:


BBB Center for Ethics

1 East 4th St.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202



* The 20-county service area includes:


  • Indiana:  Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland

  • Kentucky:  Boone, Campbell, Kenton

  • Ohio:  Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Gallia, Hamilton, Highland, Jackson, Pike, Lawrence, Scioto, and Warren (except the following zip codes: 45005, 45066, and 45068)

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