Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships – Deadline 11/30/16

ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2017 competition.

    • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
    • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
    • College students are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
    • Male and female students compete separately.

The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications for the 2017 contest will be available online starting September 1, 2016. The 2017 MVS application deadline is November 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

From April 6-9, 2017 the 20 top finalists will 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. Click here to read all about the 2016 MVS Leadership Weekend held in Chicago.

Click here for a list of Most Valuable Student scholarship application frequently asked questions.

The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners, and notify them in writing, by late April 2017. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

The Elks National Foundation is proud to present its 2016 class of Most Valuable Student Scholarship Recipients. Click here to see the full list of winners.

Visit website: enf.elks.org/mvs

2017 Most Valuable Student Award Offers 500 Four-Year Awards for the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-2020, 2020-21 Academic Years
  Four-Year Total Award No. of Awards Total
First Place $50,000 2 $100,000
Second Place $40,000 2 $80,000
Third Place $30,000 2 $60,000
Fourth Place $20,000 14 $280,000
Runners Up $4,000 480 $1,920,000
Total: $2,440,000

Looking for other Elks scholarship options? Learn about Legacy Awards and Emergency Educational Grants.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 773/755-4732.

Scholarship Guidelines

Our scholarship programs are for undergraduate study only. A student may not receive more than one Elks National Foundation scholarship award or grant in any one academic year.

The scholarships awards (except EEG) are evidenced by a Certificate of Award issued by the Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation. All checks are paid directly to the school; under no circumstance can we make payment directly to the student.

Scholarship awards may be used for cost of attendance expenses. In order to receive payment, a student must have the school send to our Chicago office, the completed Verification of Enrollment form, whereupon, we will issue our check, payable to the school, and mail it directly to the school to establish a credit in the name of the student. We will notify the student when we mail the check.

Since most checks are being prepared during the months of August through November, student and school must allow four to six weeks for payment.

If a student terminates his or her courses for any reason, the undisbursed balance of the award MUST be returned directly to the Foundation’s Chicago office. It may NOT be transferred to another school, and it may NOT be paid to the student personally.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow up on all matters relating to his or her scholarship award.

In all correspondence relating to a student who has been awarded a scholarship, we must have the full name and the ENF ID of the student.

The information herein should not be turned over to publishers or those who wish to include it in a computer resource listing. We receive hundreds of requests from students who pay for scholarship/grant information, only to find they are not eligible or that the information is years out-of-date. Unfortunately, many of these sources do not publish complete information, nor do they update their files on a regular basis.

The Elks National Foundation has no loan programs, vocational grants or assistance for graduate study available, and it does not maintain a mailing list. For more information contact the Elks National Foundation Scholarship Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..