Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarships

The cost of education continues to rise. For many students entering college, this means getting a job to help pay for school. For others, higher costs mean sacrificing their dream school. Through the 2014 Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student (MVS) scholarship contest, 500 current high school seniors will be able to start college next year with less stress.

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This year, the Elks National Foundation is investing in our nation’s future by awarding $3.74 million in college scholarships. MVS scholars are graduating from college at a rate of 90 percent, nearly 40 percent higher than the national average.

Through the contest, the ENF will award 20 top scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships.

The MVS 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 from east Hawaii residents must be turned into Hilo Elks Lodge at 150 Kinoole St., Hilo HI 96720 no later than December 6, 2013. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April 2014, after the top 20 finalists participate in a Leadership Weekend in Chicago.

Applications for the 2014 contest are available on the Elks National Foundation’s website. For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details including the application, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars, or call Lily Chan-Harris, Hilo Elks Scholarship Chair at 935-1717.

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