CHICAGO - A student surveys his lecture hall on the first day of class at his dream college, proud that, thanks to his Elks scholarship, he is part of the illustrious group of undergraduates surrounding him. This is the story of the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholars who entered college this fall.
With the launch of the 2013 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest, this could be your story, too.
This year, the Elks National Foundation is investing in the nation's future by awarding $3.6 million in college scholarships.
John Pickard, a member of Elks Lodge 354 of Escanaba, recently visited the Bark River-Harris High School and presented information about the Elks National Foundation’s scholarship program to the students. He is pictured with BR-H seniors, Caleb Wandahsega and Tom Conine, both of whom are planning to apply for an Elks scholarship, and Art Rodgers, chairman of the Escanaba Elks Youth. Pickard and Rodgers visited a total of five schools in the local Elks Lodge area to promote the program.
The Most Valuable Student scholarship will help 500 deserving students attend college. The ENF will award 18 top scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000. The remaining 482 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships.
"This scholarship changed what my college experience will be for the next four years," says 2012 top scholarship winner Joanne Dynak, who is attending Harvard this fall. "There are so many opportunities I can take advantage of because of this huge award."
Area students who have been awarded an Elks scholarship through the local lodge and the schools they attended are:
1999-2000 - Shawn Norton (Ferris State University);
2000 - Susan Perry (University of Michigan);
2000-04 - Sharon McLaughlin (Western Michigan University) and Lance Veeser (Marshall University);
2002 - Pamela Pearson (Michigan State University) and Bryan Jacobs (U of M);
2006-Feb. 2012 - James Reinhart (MSU);
2007 - Kerri Coon (University of Virginia);
2008 - Stephanie Gregoire (WMU);
2008-09 - Joseph Moreau (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College);
2009-10 - James Moreau (Ferris State University);
2009-May 2012 - Brittney Moraski (Harvard University);
2010 - Alex Pickard (MSU), Shane Myrick (U of M),
2011 - Sydney Cooper (Grand Valley State University);
2011-July 2012 - Eric Shepeck (Michigan Technological University);
2011-12 - Alyssa Rogers (GVSU).
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 must be turned in to the applicant's nearest Elks Lodge no later than December 7, 2012. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April, 2013.
Applications for the 2013 contest are available at Elks Lodges, local high schools, and on the Elks National Foundation's website.
For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, and to learn more about how the Elks are investing in the local community, visit www.elks.org/enf/