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Elks National Foundation 2024 Most Valuable Student Scholarships Application Open August 1st!

The 2024 application opened on August 1, 2023.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.


  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.

  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

The 2024 application deadline is November 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time.


  • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2024 competition.

  • Male and female students compete separately.

  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $7,500 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 announced the 500 national winners in April, 2023. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

The 2024 MVS Leadership Weekend will be held April 11-4 in Chicago. The Top 20 scholars, selected from the 500 national semi-finalists, will receive and invitation to the weekend and scholarships of $30,000. The 480 runners-up will receive scholarships of $4,000. Attendance at Leadership Weekend is required to be part of the Top 20 cohort and receive $30,000.

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