Each year, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks offers up hundreds of scholarships through the Elks National Foundation. These largely fall into three categories:

  • Most Valuable Student Awards: The MVS program awards scholarships to high school seniors who are US citizens. These awards are open to all applicants,
    regardless of affiliation with the Elks.
  • Legacy Awards: Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members.
  • Emergency Educational Grants: The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.

You can find more information on Grand Lodge scholarships, requirements, and how to apply, on the ENF Scholarships Page.

In addition to these awards from the Grand Lodge, many local lodges also offer scholarships to students in their communities. Contact your local lodge to see if they offer scholarships in your area.


2019 Most Valuable Student Awards

  • Minh Tran, Dupont Manual High School – Sponsored by Louisville Lodge #8
    National Finalist Award – $20,000 over four years
  • Jonathan Hauke, Owensboro Catholic High School – Sponsored by Henderson Lodge #206
    National Finalist Award – $4,000 over four years
  • Elanor Liu, Paul Laurence High School – Sponsored by Cynthiana Lodge #438
    National Finalist Award – $4,000 over four years
  • Anna Resing, Notre Dame Academy – Sponsored by Florence Lodge #314
    National Finalist Award – $4,000 over four years

2019 Legacy Scholarship Awards
Note: The large donation from the estate of Jim Bob Kevil means that Kentucky will reeive 10 Legacy awards for the Class of 2019.
Each winner receives a $4,000 scholarship over four years

  • Hadley Alexander, step-grandchild of Jim McRae, PSP, Henderson Lodge #206
  • Madelyn Garrett, child of John Garrett, Madisonville Lodge #738
  • Charles Hancock, child of Joe Hancock, Frankfort Lodge #530
  • Casey Imhof, grandchild of Frank Menefee, Newport Lodge #273
  • Ryan Lenahan, child of Linda Lenahan, Lyndon Lodge #2052
  • Emma Sandman, grandchild of Malcolm Neel, Henderson Lodge #206
  • Demetrius Sarakatsannis, grandchild of William Burkhart, Newport Lodge #273
  • Emma Spade, child of Matthew Spade, Ashland Lodge #350
  • Abby Twehues, child of Larry Twehues, Newport Lodge #273
  • Timothy Wilbert, grandchild of Curtis Mattingly, Louisville Lodge #8

2019 KY Elks Association Scholarship Winners – Boys

  • Jared Prather, Owen County High School – Sponsored by Frankfort Lodge #530 – $2,000
  • Aaron Hood, Hood Academy – Sponsored by Louisville Lodge #8 – $1,000
  • Joseph Lindemuth, Lindemuth Home School – Sponsored by Winchester Lodge #2816 – $1,000
  • Andrew Dilts, Dixie Heights High School – Sponsored by Florence Lodge #314 – $1,000
  • Kaleb Schoonover, Lyon County High School – Sponsored by Princeton Lodge #1115 – $1,000
  • James Smith, Franklin County High School – Sponsored by Frankfort Lodge #530 – $1,000
  • Luke Williams, Campbell County High School – Sponsored by Newport Lodge #273 – $1,000
  • Houston Knox, Madisonville North Hopkins High School – Sponsored by Madisonville Lodge #738 – $1,000

2019 KY Elks Association Scholarship Winners – Girls

  • Madeline Springate, Woodford County High School – Sponsored by Frankfort Lodge #530 – $2,000
  • Catherine Crosby, Lexington Christian Academy – Sponsored by Winchester Lodge #2816 – $1,000
  • Margot Seidel, Highlands High School – Sponsored by Newport Lodge #273 – $1,000
  • Kaitlyn Parker, Owen County High School – Sponsored by Frankfort Lodge #530 – $1,000
  • Abbigayle Vannatter, St. Mary School System – Sponsored by Paducah Lodge #217 – $1,000
  • Tessa D’Souza, North Jessamine Academy (Home School) – Sponsored by Winchester Lodge #2816 – $1,000
  • Nicole Taylor, Graves County High School – Sponsored by Marshall County Lodge #2707 – $1,000
  • Samhita Lellapalli, Dupont Manual High School – Sponsored by Louisville Lodge #8 – $1,000