CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A student surveys his lecture hall on the first day of class at his dream college, proud that, thanks to his Elks scholarship, he is part of the illustrious group of undergraduates surrounding him. This is the story of the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholars who entered college this fall. With the launch of the 2013 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest, this could be your story, too.
This year, the Elks National Foundation is investing in our nation's future by awarding $3.6 million in college scholarships.
The Most Valuable Student scholarship will help 500 deserving students attend college. The ENF will award 18 top scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000. The remaining 482 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships.
"This scholarship changed what my college experience will be for the next four years," says 2012 top scholarship winner Joanne Dynak, who is attending Harvard this fall. "There are so many opportunities I can take advantage of because of this huge award."
The MVS 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. Completed applications must be turned in to the applicant's nearest Elks Lodge no later than December 7, 2012. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April, 2013.
Applications for the 2013 contest are available at Elks Lodges, local high schools, and on the Elks National Foundation's website. For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, and to learn more about how the Elks are investing in your community, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.
Helping Elks Build Stronger Communities
With nearly 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities across the United States. The Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, honor veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. To learn more, visit www.elks.org/enf.
Contact: Elks National Foundation
Kristen Scaletta | Communications Specialist
2750 N. Lakeview Ave. | Chicago, IL 60614-2256
773/755-4864 | KristenS@elks.org
SOURCE Elks National Foundation