The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks is doing big things to help local youth. Elks invest in our nation’s future by helping deserving students attend the colleges of their dreams. This year, the Elks National Foundation will fund nearly $3.6 million in college scholarships through its different scholarship programs; the most significant program being the Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship.
The MVS will award $2.296 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans. The MVS contest will launch on September 1 to help lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students. The Foundation awards 18 top winners scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000. The remaining 482 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.
This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Applicants residing on the east side of the Big Island must turn in their completed applications to the Hilo Elks Lodge, no later than December 7, 2012. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April.
Applications for the 2013 contest are available at the Hilo Lodge, or for download at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.
For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars, or contact Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge at 935-1717.