ESCANABA - Escanaba Elks Lodge 353 announce that two local high school seniors were awarded the Michigan Elks $1000 Most Valuable Scholarship.
Gladstone High School senior, Josh Hallfrish, son of Mark and Virginia Hallfrisch, and Bark River Harris High School senior, Jaime Madalinski, daughter of Brent and Ann Madalinski, each were awarded the $1000 after their applications were moved on to the State of Michigan for judging.
Both Hallfrish and Madalinski were in the top six winners at the local lodge and advanced to the U.P. District that were included in the top six to advance to State Competition.
Art Rodgers, Elks 354 Youth Chairman, at right, presents a $1,000 scholarship to Josh Hallfrisch, graduating senior from Gladstone High School.
The top 18 students from the State judging advanced to the National level of competition where they completed a secondary scholarship application. By advancing to the National level, those students were guaranteed a scholarship of at least $4,000 ($1,000 a year for four years), but competed against the other 482 National Finalists for one of the following 18 Major National Awards: two $60,000 scholarships ($15,000 per year), two $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 per year), two $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year), two $16,000 scholarships ($4,000 per year), two $12,000 scholarship, ($3,000 per year), or four $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year).
The next highest scoring 60 students from the State judging are Michigan Elks Association State scholarship winners. Each of these students received a $1,000 one-year scholarship from the Michigan Elks Association. The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs.
The application process and deadlines vary for each program. All applications must go through a local Elks Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation office.
The 2013 Most Valuable Student scholarship application will be available after September 1, 2012.
Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. College students are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately.
Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
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.