Better Business Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce Jarod Jones of Century High School in Hillsboro, Ore. as the winner of the 2016 Students of Integrity Scholarship. High school seniors from across the Northwest applied for the $10,000 scholarship by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smarter consumers.

Jones has a 4.0 GPA, serves as band president at Century High and is a member of the National Honor Society and Boy Scouts of America. During the winter he volunteers as a snowboard instructor. His video provides people with tips on being a smart consumer to help them avoid becoming a victim of scammers. His video has garnered more than 4,000 views on YouTube since it went up in February.

BBB narrowed the contestants to 15 finalist videos in February. They have generated thousands of views on BBB’s YouTube channel and are still available for public viewing.

“We want to thank all of the students who took the time to apply for the scholarship,” Tyler Andrew, BBB CEO, said. “I am impressed with the quality of these videos and the messages they delivered. Jarod Jones’ video on how to avoid being scammed reiterated BBB’s mission on building a marketplace based off trust and the resources available to consumers so that they can make better purchasing decisions.” 

A panel of judges from all three states submitted scores for all the entries March 11. Jones’ video received the highest score. He will receive a $10,000 scholarship and will be presented a check at the April 9 Portland Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center. A portion of his video will be played during halftime at the game.

— Better Business Bureau Northwest