Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

November 05

Awarded By

Elks National Foundation

Award Amount

Awards are distributed as follows: two first-place awards of $50,000 each; two second-place awards of $40,000 each; two third-place awards of $30,000 each; fourteen third-place awards of $20,000 each; and 480 runners-up awards of $4,000 each. All awards are given in equal installments over a four-year period. Awards are evenly distributed among male and female winners.


500 awards offered annually.

Additional Information

Applications must advance through local, district and state competitions to reach national judging. At each level of judging, the Elks National Foundation Scholarship Office will send email notifications to applicants informing them if they advanced in the contest or not. The first round of email notifications will be sent in mid-January, after Lodge judging is completed. District judging will be completed in late January, and State judging will be completed in mid-February. In late April, the 20 top finalists will participate in a Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they will interview with the national judges. The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners, and notify them in writing, by late April. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks to apply for this program. College students are not eligible to apply. Male and female students compete separately.

Deadline Info

Applications are available online on the Elks National Foundation (ENF) website. Students must submit the following materials: a completed application; a 500-word essay on the topic listed on the a ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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