Most Valuable Student
Applications for the Elks National Foundation's 2003 Most
Valuable Student contest will be available beginning September
15, 2002 at your local Elks Lodge, online or by sending a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Foundation. Applications
for the 2003 contest have to be submitted to your local Elks
Lodge by January 10,
2003. Winners of the 2003 contest will be announced
by May 15, 2003. The Elks National Foundation will award
500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated boys and girls
in the 2003 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; resident alien
status does not qualify.
Applicants will be judged on financial need, leadership and
scholarship. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of
award conditional upon the enrollment of the winner in an
accredited US college or university.
Applications must advance through local, district and state
competition to reach the national competition. The Chicago
office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500
national winners, and notify them in writing, around May 15,
2003. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations
award their own scholarships through this program. These
scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National
Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)
To locate an Elks Lodge near you, try your phone book or
Ranging from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year, Most
Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a
four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester
hours), in a US American college or university. Male and female
students compete separately.
Requests for additional information should be addressed to
the scholarship chairman of the local Lodge or of the Elks
association of the state in which the applicant is a resident.
Through this Most Valuable Student competition and its four
scholarship programs, the Elks National Foundation annually
awards $3.4 million in scholarships. In addition, many state
Elks associations and Lodges offer scholarships. Contact your
local Lodge for more information.
The Most Valuable Student program was established in 1931.
2003 Most Valuable Student Award Offers
500 Four-Year Awards for the
2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 Academic Years