The Elks National Foundation has awarded nearly $4 million to students to support continuing education. The awards are broken into three different programs and each award has specific requirements. Applicants who are interested in the awards can find additional information below regarding each of the three opportunities.
Most Valuable Student Scholarships: Each year 500 scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $50,000 will be awarded to high school seniors over a four-year period. A high school senior who is a citizen of the U.S. may apply (there is no requirement to be associated with the Elks). A separate competition is held for women and men. All applicants are chosen based on a combination of academic excellence, financial need, and leadership skills. Students may submit a completed application to an Elks Lodge closest to them by early December. Students who are selected as finalists will be invited to attend a Leadership Weekend, which is held in April. During the weekend, scholarships are awarded based on ranking: two first-place awards worth $50,000, two $40,000 second place awards, two third place $30,000 awards, 14 $20,000 awards, and 480 awards worth $4,000.
Legacy Award Competition: This competition is open solely to children or grandchildren of Elks members. Up to 250 awards, each worth $4,000, will be given out. In order to be eligible for the award, students must be the child or grandchild of a current Elk member. The student is required to apply online and must be in their last year of high school. Students are required to provide proof of ACT or SAT testing prior to December of their application year. The award is only open to students who plan to attend a school within the U.S. and winners must engage in community service through an Elks lodge during each year they receive the award. For this award, applicants are chosen based on a combination of integrity, charity, knowledge, and community. Applications are not based on financial-need. Winners will be announced in April.
Emergency Educational Grants: This award was created to support the children of Elk members who have died or become disabled. The scholarship provides up to $4,000 in funding and students are eligible to reapply for three additional years if they continue to meet all criteria. Applications are open early May through lab October. In order to be eligible, the parent must have been a member of the Elks for at least one year prior to their death or disability. Students must also demonstrate financial need, be less than 23 years old, be single, and plan to attend an accredited college or university within the United States.
Questions for all three scholarships can be answered via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via phone (773-755-4732). Additional information about each of the three different awards can be online online at the following website: http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars. All of these awards are only open to undergraduate students.