Elks Lodge offers scholarships

The Elks National Foundation high school senior scholarship applications for Most Valuable Student are now available online at elks.org/enf/scholars. The site has the application, support forms and general instructions.

Each year, the Elks give 500 scholarships totaling $2,296,000 to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. This does not include awarded scholarship from local, district and state levels. The Elks are one of the largest supporters of education in the country.

Students attending any accredited high school in Hood River County and those who are being home schooled are eligible.

The deadline for turning in your application is Dec. 7 by 6 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge at the corner of Third Street and Cascade Avenue. SAT and ACT scores must be taken before Nov. 15.

The Hood River Elks lodge scholarships range from $500 to $1,000. The winners (one boy and one girl) will go on to the district contest with an opportunity to win from $1,400-$1,800. The first- and second-place winners go to the Oregon state contest which will be held in Hood River on Feb. 2.

The first-place winners and three of the top second-place winners will automatically be qualified to compete at the national contest which will award scholarships of at least $4,000 and up to $60,000.

The Elks Most Valuable Student is based on SAT/ACT scores, GPA, community service, honors and awards, employment, essay and financial need.

Students are encouraged to complete their applications online; however, applications may also be obtained by contacting the Hood River Valley High School counselors’ office, Hood River Elks or Linda Sanders, scholarship chairman, at 541-490-0709. Those needing assistance or having any questions are encouraged to call.

The Legacy Award is a second scholarship that is awarded to any high school senior who is a child or grandchild of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2010. This scholarship is for $1,000 per year for four years. The application can only be completed online and must be submitted by Feb. 1.

Vocational grants are also available and focus on community college degrees and will be administered separately. Those applications are due prior to April 1. Please contact the scholarship chairman or leave a message at the Hood River Elks (541-386-1507) for assistance.

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