Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Elks Lodge #1764 is doing big things to help local youth. Elks invest in our nation’s future by helping deserving students attend the colleges of their dreams. This year, the Elks National Foundation will fund nearly $3.74 million in college scholarships through its three scholarship programs.
The Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest launched Sept. 1 and will lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students. The foundation awards 20 top winners scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.
Thanks to their MVS scholarships, the two 2013 top scholarship winners are both able to attend their dream schools. Grace Young, sponsored by Hoboken, N.J., Lodge No. 74, will study cellular and molecular biology at Harvard University. Anish Athalye, sponsored by Worcester, Mass., Lodge No. 243, will study computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This year, through the MVS Scholarship, the Elks National Foundation will award $2.44 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans.
This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Completed applications must be turned in to the applicant’s nearest Elks lodge, no later than Dec. 6. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April.
Applications for the 2014 contest are available by download at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.
For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.