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.
2022 Kentucky Elks Scholarship Winners
The 2022 MVS competition sort of returned to normal this year, with our participation up over 20% from last year. In total, 340 applications were submitted. We did have at least one applicant from each lodge, and again Louisville #8 got the most applications, with 72.
In the MVS contest, Kentucky had one national finalist who made the top 20 nationwide, Tristan Sexton, who won a $20,000 award, and three national semi-finalists, who each received a $4,000 award. Tristen is the fifth Kentuckian in the last five years to be a national finalist.
The State Association generously allotted $20,000 to provide state association scholarships for eight boys and eight girls in the class of 2022
Kentucky had seven Legacy Award Winners (Children and Grandchildren of Elks) in 2022. We were guaranteed four, and the state had three additional applicants score in the top 103 entrants after the allotted scholarships were awarded.
A list of MVS, State Scholarship, and Legacy winners for 2022 is above.
Finally, now that things are getting back to normal in terms of in-person school activities, we would once again encourage your lodges to send representatives to the Senior nights for our MVS, State, and Legacy winners. Let your communities know how proud we are as Elks to help this kids.
John Snyder, PER
State Scholarship Chair