Win $50,000 with Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

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Elks Most Valuable Student ScholarshipThe deadline is close on this one, so you’ll want to have your high school senior jump on it. 500 students will receive between $4,000 – $50,000 scholarships from The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. How do you like those odds?

The Elks 2016 Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest is open to high school seniors who will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications for the 2016 contest must be submitted to the Elks Lodge nearest to the applicant’s home by December 4, 2015.  Parents do not need to be a member in order for students to submit.

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. Click hereto read all about the 2015 MVS Leadership Weekend held in Chicago.

Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 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 U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners, and notify them in writing, by late April 2016. (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.)


2016 Most Valuable Student Award Offers
500 Four-Year Awards for the
2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-2019, 2019-20 Academic Years
Four-Year Total Award No. of Awards Total
First Place $50,000 2 $100,000
Second Place $40,000 2 $80,000
Third Place $30,000 2 $60,000
Fourth Place $20,000 14 $280,000
Runners Up $4,000 480 $1,920,000
Total: $2,440,000



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