The Elks National Foundation provides $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs.
Locally, the Ballard Elks provides 6 students (3 girls and 3 boys) $1500 Scholarships to High School Students in our area to be used for college expenses.
Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest
The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest, open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen, will kick off September 1, 2016. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications for the 2017 contest will be available online after September 1, 2016. The applications are due by November 30, 2016.
Applications will 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.
At each level of judging, the Elks National Foundation Scholarship Office will send email notifications to applicants informing them if they advanced in the contest or not. The first round of email notifications will be sent in mid-January, after Lodge judging is completed. District judging will be completed in late January, and State judging will be completed in mid-February.
In late April, 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.