Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Since 1931, the Elks National Foundation has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance fulfill their dreams of attending college.
Most Valuable Student scholars are outstanding students who are at or near the top of their classes, active in their schools and communities and
recognized as leaders by their peers.
The ENF awards $2.44 million annually in MVS scholarships to 500 high school seniors nationwide. The first and second place awards are among the
largest scholarships provided by any major fraternal or service organization.
ELIGIBILITY: Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for an MVS scholarship. Applications will be judged on:
- FINANCIAL NEED
APPLICATIONS: Available OnLine September 1, 2016.
For details, visit enf.elks.org/mvs, contact your local Elks Lodge by visiting www.elks.org/lodges, or ask your high school guidance counselor.
DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted OnLine on or before November 30, 2016. Applications will be assigned to the Elks Lodge nearest to the student’s permanent U.S. residence, regardless of distance. The selection begins at the local Lodge level and continues through State and National judging.
Please Note the Following Schedule:
** These dates may be subject to change by ENF
- September 1, 2016 - MVS Applications available online at enf.elks.org/mvs
- Mid October, 2016 - Judging materials will be received by the Lodges
- November 30, 2016 - Applications must be completed by OnLine by this date
- Early December, 2016 - Lodges will be notified that their apps are ready for judging. You will have the option to print apps off.
- January 1, 2016** - If a Lodge has NOT reviewed and advanced their apps, ENF will apply a scoring rubic and advance the apps to the next level.
- January 17-31, 2016** - When Applications are advanced as State Finalists, students will be asked to augment their preliminary apps ON LINE with additional information.
- February 1, 2016** - State Judging can begin.
- February 17, 2016** - State judging must be complete and National Finalists forwarded to ENF.
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The Nursing Scholarship program was selected as the major project for the Tennessee Elks Association in 1956 as a means to relieve a critical shortage of
nurses in Tennessee. The need for nursing scholarships is just as important. Each year the Tennessee Elks continue to fund varying levels of scholarships
to students. This program is administered by the Tennessee Elks Benevolent Trust (TEBT).
Nursing scholarship application forms are distributed to Tennessee Elks Lodges in early October. The local Lodges then distribute them to high school
counselors, colleges and hospitals within the jurisdiction of each Lodge to be used by individuals pursuing a 4-year degree in the nursing field.
Applications must be submitted to the Lodges as indicated on the application forms—usually in January. After judging at the local and state levels,
winners are notified in April or May. In managing the scholarships, awards are paid directly to the student’s school of choice. The student then may draw
against an account for allowable expenses such as tuition, books, lab fees and dormitory expense.
For more information, contact youir local Elks Lodge.
To apply for a nursing scholarship, click on the document below, complete the requirements and deliver the application and supporting materials to your
local Elks Lodge.
Nursing Scholarship Application
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The Trade Scholarship is an innovative scholarship intended to help those students that are often overlooked for financial aid. The Trade Scholarship is for graduating seniors as well as non-traditional students (those changing career fields or those needing additional education to progress in their current career) who will be pursuing a trade or certificate program.
Applications must be submitted to the Local Lodges on or before January 31, 2017. Judging at local lodges must be completed and the top 4 applicants submitted to State Chair, Andi Birdsong, on or before March 31, 2017.
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