Eaton Senior Wins BBB/Rotary Scholarship

Reece Kothe, a senior at Eaton High School, is the 2014 recipient of the $5,000 BBB/Rotary Ethics Scholarship, presented April 30 at the Better Business Bureau® Torch Awards for Ethics in Fort Collins.

Kothe plans to major in pre-medicine at Montana State University in the fall. He is president of Key Club, vice president of National Honor Society and an editor for the Eaton Red Ink school newspaper. He also sits on the Rocky Mountain District Board for Key Club and is on the Breckenridge Ski Team.

The scholarship, funded by contributions from BBB Accredited Businesses, is a joint effort of the BBB Center for Character Ethics and Rotary Clubs in BBB’s service area that fall within Rotary Districts 5440, 5450 and 5470.

The BBB/Rotary Ethics Scholarship is intended for a college-bound high school student in his/her junior or senior year. The goal of the $5,000 scholarship is to reward a student who applies Rotary’s guiding principles of the Four-Way Test to his or her life and illustrates this effectively through a written essay.

To read Reece’s winning essay, visit

BBB Names 2014 Ethics Award Winners

Two businesses from Wyoming and two companies from Northern Colorado Colorado were named recipients of the 2014 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics at the 16th annual event presented April 30 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center by the Better Business Bureau® Center for Character Ethics.

This year’s BBB Torch Awards for Ethics winners are:

  • Businesses with 1-10 employees – Microbial Research Inc., Fort Collins, Colo.

  • Businesses with 11-25 employees – SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, Minturn, Colo.

  • Businesses with 26-50 employees – Capitol Roofing and Exteriors, Cheyenne, Wyo.

  • Businesses with 51-plus employees – Mountain West Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., Laramie, Wyo.

BBB Torch Awards for Ethics promote the six TRUST! principles of EthicalEnterprising: Transformation at the Top, Reinforce and Build, Unite the Team, Steer Performance, Treasure People and !Enthusiastically Reinvest!

Peers, colleagues and customers nominate businesses for the award and business students at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming prepare entries. An independent panel of judges select winners.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. Details are available at

About Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust

Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust provides ethics-based assessment, training and recognition for businesses, consumers, nonprofits and students in Northern Colorado and Wyoming through three centers of excellence: BBB Center for Character Ethics, BBB Center for Fraud Prevention and BBB Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In 2013, the BBB Institute reached more than 4,900 people via outreach and educational programs.