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More than $3.7M available in Elks’ student scholarships

(Sept. 10, 2015) This year, thanks to the Elks National Foundation, the Grand Lodge will award more than $3.7 million to students who qualify for scholarships. Sept. 1 was the kickoff for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest and the Legacy Awards.
There are three programs available which provide financial opportunities through the Elks National Foundation.
–Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest: The Elks National Foundation awards more than $2.44 million in college scholarships each year to 500 seniors nationwide. Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645 also awards scholarships to selected applicants in this program. Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen is eligible. The student need not be related to an Elk. Scholarship, leadership and financial need are the judging criteria.
Applications can be obtained by visiting mvs.cfm. Applications are only available by download from the website. The senior counselors at the participating high schools will be provided with information cards and brochures to assist students with the application process.
Applicants must still submit a hard-copy application by the Dec. 4 deadline. Applications can be dropped off at the Ocean City Lodge. However, the scholarship chairman will arrange to pick up the applications from the counselors at the participating high schools.
–Legacy Award: Children and grandchildren of a dues-paying Elk are eligible. The applicant must be a college-bound high school senior. Applicants compete against other children and grandchildren from the state of their sponsoring Elks Lodge.
The Elks National Foundation has allocated $1 million to fund 250 college scholarships worth $4,000 each. Applicants are judged on Knowledge, Charity, Community Service and Integrity.  
Applications are available online and must be submitted on or before Jan. 29 at
– Emergency Educational Grants: This program provides college financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Eks in the form of renewable, one year grants of up to $4,000. In addition, the applicant must attend an accredited U.S. college or university as a full-time student (12 semester hours), be unmarried and under the age of 23 as of Dec. 31 in the year of the application and demonstrate financial need.
Applications have been available by request since May 1. Both new and renewal applications are due  Oct. 31. Applicants should submit their applications directly to the Elks National Foundation.  
Contact the ENF Scholarship Office at 773-755-4732 or send an email to to request an application.
Brochures about the three programs are available at the Ocean City Elks Lodge on the corner of Sinepuxent Avenue and 138th Street.
For further assistance, contact scholarship co-chairmen, Pat Flynn, 410-463-1131 or David Poore, 717-606-5534.