Large Scholarships

Elks National Scholarship Foundation Most Valuable Student (MVP)

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2022 competition. Male and female students compete separately. 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 Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners in late April 2022.

who should apply?students with financial need
eligible grade levelsseniors
awardtwo national 1st place awards: $50,000
two national 2nd place awards: $40,000
two national 3rd place awards: $30,000
fourteen national finalist awards: $20,000
480 national runner-ups: $4,000
opensAugust 2, 2021
deadlineNov. 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PT
decisions releasedfinal announcement: March 2022
selectivity500 scholarships (in different stages)

application requirements

  • a current HS senior
  • US citizen on the day the application is submitted

application process

Round 1 (Open now, closes Nov. 15, 2021)

  • basic information
  • academics
  • financial information
  • counselor supplement
  • one essay (500 words)

Advancing from Lodge selection: late December 2021

Advancing to Quarter-Finalist judging: mid-January 2022

  • upload FAFSA Student Aid Report + transcript

Advancing from state selection to National Semi-finalist (500): early March 2022

  • semifinalists required to submit updated info, essay, teacher evaluation

Top 20 National Finalists attend mandatory Leadership Weekend with interview in Chicago from April 7-10, 2022

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