December 20, 2012 (Santee) – The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has announced that Santee resident Kay Toma, a senior attending Francis Parker High School, has been awarded a $1,500 cash scholarship from the BBB after writing a 400-word essay on the importance of ethics and integrity in the community.
Toma was the top prize winner among five high school students honored at the BBB’s recent 2012 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics award, which honored local companies for ethical business practices. The BBB said a total of 258 essays from students attending 87 different high schools in San Diego County were evaluated by the judges. Sycuan Casino was the presenting sponsor of this year’s BBB scholarship program.
A member of her school’s Interact Club, a community service club, Toma has traveled to Mexico with a local Rotary Club to build a house for a low-income family. As a sophomore, she started a business selling furniture and clothing. She wants to study business in college. Her essay discussed an event that happened when her family ran a small jewelry retail store. Three customers who accidentally were given too much money in change later returned to the store to give back the extra money.