High school students in North Central and around Arizona can apply for scholarships that the Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is providing.

The organization, which has an office at 1010 E. Missouri Ave., is offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to high school students in graduating classes from 2022 to 2025 who live in Maricopa, Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties through its Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Contest. In order to apply for a scholarship students must write essays of 400 words or less on the subject of “The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in the Community.” It is free to enter and the deadline to submit applications is Oct. 10. Five scholarships will be given in the amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,250 and $1,500 to help students pay tuition and fees in college.

The scholarship competition is part of the 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics, which recognizes companies that demonstrate ethical business practices throughout their operations, internally and to consumers.

Scholarship winners will be celebrated at the annual BBB Torch Awards for Ethics celebration on Nov. 17. Applications for the scholarships are being accepted at torchessay.bbbcommunity.org. To request a paper application or to get more information, email scholarships@bbbcommunity.org.