Each year, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks offers up hundreds of scholarships through the Elks National Foundation. These largely fall into three categories:
Most Valuable Student Awards: The MVS program awards scholarships to high school seniors who are US citizens. These awards are open to all applicants,
regardless of affiliation with the Elks.
Legacy Awards: Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members.
Emergency Educational Grants: The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.
You can find more information on Grand Lodge scholarships, requirements, and how to apply, on the ENF Scholarships Page. Follow the Elks National Foundation @:
In addition to these awards from the Grand Lodge, many local lodges also offer scholarships to students in their communities. Contact your local lodge to see if they offer scholarships in your area.
2020-21 MVS Scholarship Information
The 2021 ENF Scholarship contests are just around the corner!
As the Kentucky Elks Association Scholarship Chair, I’m looking
forward to working with all of the lodges again this year.
The MVS contest will officially begin on August 5. The ENF is making some changes to the judging process this year. Some of them are permanent, while others are in response to the COVID19 pandemic. On the whole, I think these changes will be beneficial for the local lodges as they score applicants submissions. Some of the highlights include:
The debut of the new MVS Portal is now housed on the “Elks.org” website. Yes, we can say goodbye to the old ISTS Judge Hub along with keeping up with multiple passwords and hopefully eliminate the poor customer service that went along with it.
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There is also a new position for Lodges that participate in the “Most Valuable Student” selection, the Lodge MVS Coordinator. Even if your lodge has appointed a Scholarship Chair, your Lodge Secretary must appoint a Lodge MVS Coordinator as soon as possible. The ENF has emailed these directions to all Lodge Secretaries. Having this person appointed will allow them to receive updates from ENF as well as all the pertinent information to have a successful completion at the Lodge level.
Lodges will have greater scoring choices, with the ability to score the full application (financial, academic, and leadership), just the leadership section, or some combination thereof.
Because COVID-19’s effect on school schedules and ACT/ SAT administration, the MVS contest will not require applicants to submit these scores as part of the application process.
The contest schedule has been streamlined to avoid holidays. Below are the relevant dates:
August 5, 2020 Contest Opens November 15, 2020 Application Deadline December 7-21, 2020 Lodge Judging January 4-18, 2021 District Judging February 5-22, 2021 State Judging April 22-23, 2021 MVS National Finalists Leadership Weekend.
This week, the annual scholarship mailing will be sent to each Lodge to the Secretary’s attention at the Lodge mailing address. We’ve also posted these materials on our revamped Scholarship Coordinator page. Visit https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarshipchair/ to check it out (member log-in required).
Again, I am really looking forward to working with all the lodges this year. As a Lodge Coordinator, you are a champion of our scholars. Please know I am available anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 502-330-3426. Thank you for all you do!
John Snyder, PER
ENF-MVS Scholarship Contest