The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa recently announced the 2019 BBB Student of Integrity award winners from South Dakota. These awards are designed to promote ethics and integrity among young people so they may be motivated to continue incorporating moral values into every aspect of their lives. Public, private and home schooled high school seniors from BBB’s service area were invited to participate.

Twelve graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding community service, leadership and personal integrity receive $2,000 scholarships from the BBB Foundation for their post-secondary education expenses at any accredited institution. There are three award winners from The Kansas Plains three from metro Lincoln/greater Nebraska; three from South Dakota and three from metro Omaha/southwest Iowa,. They were chosen by independent panels of judges in Omaha, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., Lincoln, Neb. and Wichita. Judging was based mainly on the content of a required essay about an ethical dilemma in business, politics or a community issue. School and community references and activities were also used by the judges in making their final decisions. 

The students selected for these prestigious awards from the applicants who reside in The Kansas Plains are: Pierce Klaassen, Arkansas City High School, Arkansas City, Kade Urban, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, Hays, and Luke Gamby, Washington County USD 108, Washington. Pierce will attend Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kade will go to Washburn, University in Topeka, and Luke is headed for Wichita State University. in Wichita. 

“These ‘Students of Integrity’ personify all of the best aspects of ethical behavior and fine character in their personal choices and actions. They serve as role models for others to emulate,” BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty said. “Unlike many other scholarships, grades, financial need and ethnicity are not factors in selecting the recipients. Pierce, Kade and Luke are receiving these scholarships because of their commitment to honesty and accountability inside and outside of the classroom.”

About BBB: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. In 2018, people turned to BBB more than 173 million times for BBB Business Profiles on nearly 5.4 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at Today, BBB serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is supported by approximately 10,000 Accredited Businesses that have voluntarily committed to adhere to BBB’s Standards of Trust.

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