Elks Legacy Scholarships awarded

Courtesy photo Escanaba Elk John Pickard, presents Bark River High School senior, Kaylin Johnson, with a $4,000 Elks Legacy Scholarship. Kaylin plans to attend Ferris State University.

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Michigan Elks 354 lodge had two $4,000 winners in the Elks National Foundation competition for the Elks Legacy Scholarship. The two female winners were senior, Darby Beckon, from Escanaba High School, and senior, Kaylin Johnson, from Bark River High School.

Legacy Awards are available to high school seniors that are the child or grandchild of an active Elk member in 2017, 250 Legacy Awards of $4,000 ($1,000 a year for four years) are awarded nationwide with five allocated to Michigan. Darby is the daughter of Escanaba Elk, Brian Beckon and grandchild of Past Exalted Ruler Frank Berres. Kaylin is the daughter of Escanaba Elk Erik Johnson. Darby plans to attend Michigan State University and Kaylin will be going to Ferris State University.

The Escanaba lodge also had two winners in the state competition for the Elks Most Valuable Scholarship. One female winner and one male winner that advanced from the U.P. District for round three of judging each received $1000. The female winner this year was Kingsford senior Katherine Mentel. The male state award winner was Kingsford senior Marcus Maraccini. A total of eighteen students from the U.P. advanced to the state for competition, Six each received a $100 check from the Escanaba Scholarship Committee for being a Lodge winner not to win at the State for Judging.

The Most Valuable Student scholarship helped 500 deserving students attend college. The Elks National Foundation has awarded 20 top scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up have received $4,000 scholarships and has provided millions of dollars in college scholarships to high school seniors like those in our community.

Each year, the Elks National Foundation and the Escanaba Elks Lodge provide millions of dollars in college scholarships to high school seniors like those in the community. Visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars to meet the 750 MVS and Legacy Awards scholars, read about current ENF scholars, and learn more about ENF scholarships. Connect with Elks scholars online by following @ElksScholars and using #ElksFamily on Twitter. To learn more about Elks National Foundation scholarship opportunities, Contact Lodge #354 Scholarship Chairman Phil Strom at pstrom@deltacountymi.org or visit the Elks website at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.