Most Valuable Student Scholarship

🏆 Available: 500
💰 $12,500
⏳ 11/13

Last year this scholarship received 20,000 applicant(s). $2,440,000 was awarded to 500 applicant(s).

Scholarship Description

The Elks Scholarship is awarded to five hundred students, with award amounts ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 per year, renewable for four years, are allocated nationally by state quota for graduating high school seniors.

The 20 Top Finalists traditionally* participate in an all-expenses paid 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.

What is the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship awarded on the basis of?

Based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

Eligibility and other details:

Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.

Must be a U.S. citizen pursuing a 4-year degree full-time at an accredited, degree-granting U.S. college or university. A student may not receive more than one Elks National Foundation scholarship award or grant in any one academic year.

If a student would like to use his or her scholarship funds for a study abroad program, it must be billed through an accredited, U.S. degree-granting institution. We cannot issue funds to a third-party program or vendor.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Must currently be in high school
  • Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
  • Award is available to U.S. citizens

Application Requirements

  • Application form required
  • Financial need analysis required
  • Essay required
  • Community Service Required

How To Apply

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Donor: Elks National Foundation

A nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to providing a better future for America’s youth and building stronger communities. Elks are involved in a wide variety of programs, including scholarships, youth programs, drug education, and veterans services.