To apply for assistance under this program an applicant must be the child of a deceased Elk or an Elk who is totally incapacitated. The Elk parent or stepparent must have been a member in good standing at the time of his or her death. In the case of a child of an incapacitated Elk, the parent or stepparent must have been a member in good standing before he or she became incapacitated and must continue to be an Elk in good standing when application for assistance is made.
This is an assistance program only, it is not intended to cover the entire cost of attending college. Students must demonstrate financial need to qualify for a grant under this program. In addition, the applicant must be unmarried, under the age of 23 on the date the application is signed, and attending a US American School/College/University, as a full-time (12 semester hours) undergraduate student. It is for educational assistance beyond and supplementary to the usual high school or preparatory courses. Assistance will not be extended beyond four years.
The Lodge Scholarship Assistance Committee must investigate the application, and the committee's written report must be submitted with the application. After the vote of the Lodge, the Lodge Secretary completes the application, before sending it to the ENF Chicago office.
Most Valuable Student Competition
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition.
Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
College students are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
Male and female students compete separately.
Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The Most Valuable Student scholarship deadline is December 6, 2013. Applications must be submitted to the Elks Lodge closest to the student's permanent U.S. address.
Applications must advance through local, district and state competitions to reach national judging.
The weekend of April 25 to 27, 2014, the 20 top finalists will participate in a Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.
Legacy Awards are one-year, $1,000 scholarships. awarded to a student who is the child or grandchild of an Elk who has been a member in good standing for at least two years.