While wandering around the Minnesota State Fair this summer, it would have been easy for Alex Savitt to politely wave off the pitch given to him by the woman manning the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) booth.
Instead, the 17-year-old Waconia High School senior listened and the effort paid off — Savitt ended up winning an essay contest that netted him a $5,000 scholarship.
“We were at the state fair and we were walking through the academic building and there was a Better Business Bureau table,” said Savitt, the son of Scott and Jeanne Savitt of Laketown Township. “They asked me if I was a senior and I said yes and that’s when they told me about the scholarship opportunity.”
The essay contest was part of the BBB’s Integrity Awards, which are presented each year to companies who exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations: toward employees, vendors, customers, and the community.
The participants of the essay contest were vying for one of three Student of Integrity Scholarships, where one was worth $5,000 and two were worth $1,500. The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate, through essay, their understanding of integrity and how they have implemented that in their lives.
As the woman described the contest, Savitt realized he could write an essay based on his passion for working with kids with special needs. Even though time was running out — the deadline was only three weeks away — Savitt decided to go for it.
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