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Elks Scholar Advisory Board
2015-16 Board

The ENF is proud to present the 2015-16 Elks Scholar Advisory Board. The outstanding Elks scholar board members are listed below. Click here for more information on the Elks Scholar Advisory Board. To send comments or suggestions to the Scholar Advisory Board, email SAB@elks.org.

Karsten Coates, Senior Representative

2012 MVS Scholar
University of Virginia
Sponsored by Northern Neck, Va., Lodge No. 2666

Karsten is majoring in Business and Psychology at the University of Virginia. He co-founded a consulting firm called LeapYear Innovations, and in his free time Karsten enjoys writing poetry, short stories and essays, practicing yoga, and cooking. “Before receiving my scholarship, I was not really involved with the Elks, but with nearly 2,000 Lodges and 800,000 members, it’s not very hard to find a way to give back to the Elks and to give back to your community,” says Karsten. Click here to watch a video of Karsten encouraging Elks to connect with local scholars to form lasting relationships.

Nate Baker, Junior Representative

2013 MVS Scholar
Cornell University
Sponsored by Tyrone, Pa., Lodge No. 212

A junior majoring in Government and Spanish at Cornell, Nate is involved with his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and often travels to mock trial tournaments. This summer, he is interning at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington D.C., focusing on policy and legislation. Nate stays involved with the Elks by volunteering with the Hoop Shoot program. This year he served at the Ithaca, N.Y., Lodge No. 636 Hoop Shoot contest and at the Hoop Shoot National Finals. Click here to watch a video of Nate explaining why he was excited to become a member of the Elks family.

Anjithaa Radakrishnan, Sophomore Representative

2014 Legacy Scholar
Pennsylvania State University
Sponsored Nashua, N.H., Lodge No. 720

Anji is in the pre-medical program at Pennsylvania State University. Anji first got involved with her local Elks Lodge by attending a spelling bee at the Lodge, but soon she was attending all the functions the Lodge had to offer. “From the days of the spelling bees to charitable functions, the Elks have shown me exactly what it means to live a life in service of others,” says Anji. Anji continues to serve with her local Elks Lodge when home from school. Click here to read Anji’s blog posts about her freshman year.

Jessica Carter, Freshman Representative

2015 MVS Scholar
Northwestern University
Sponsored by Elgin, Ill., Lodge No. 737

Jessica will attend Northwestern University in the fall where she plans to enter the pre-law track. During high school, Jessica founded a local tutoring program, served as the President of the Service Club, and interned at the Kane County States Attorney’s Office. Jessica attended the second annual MVS Leadership Weekend in April 2015. “The immense generosity of all of the Elks has given me the chance to pursue my dreams at the school of my dreams, and it is something I will be forever grateful for,” says Jessica. “It also endows me with a sense of responsibility.”

Bryce Caswell, At-Large Representative

2003 MVS Scholar
Harvard University Alum, Duke University Fuqua School of Business Alum
Sponsored by Calpine, Calif., Lodge No. 2432

Bryce was the MVS top female winner in 2003. She studied government at Harvard, and continued on to get her M.B.A. from Duke University. Bryce now works for Amazon in Seattle. “The amount of gratitude I have I am aware of all the time, the scholarship gave my life a brand new outlook,” says Bryce. “I’m aware of it every day, I’m grateful every day, and this will be something that goes with me for the rest of my life.” Click here to watch to a recent interview with Bryce.

Nathan Miller, At-Large Representative

2014 MVS Scholar
University of Notre Dame
Sponsored by Manitowoc, Wisc., Lodge No. 687

Nathan is a sophomore studying finance and theology at the University of Notre Dame. Nathan is the liturgical commissioner at his dorm, a member of the First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership, and an officer of recruitment and fraternal activities for the Knights of Columbus. He attended the inaugural MVS Leadership Weekend in 2014. “Seeing what the Elks do and becoming a beneficiary of that hard work shows me that there is so much more I can be doing and challenges me to find even more opportunities, because there are always more people to help,” says Nathan. Click here to watch a video of Nathan sharing why the Elks inspire him to give back.

Devin Noonan, At-Large Representative

2008 Legacy Scholar
Rutgers University Alum
Member of Herkimer, N.Y., Lodge No. 1439
Sponsored by Asbury Park-Wall, N.J., Lodge No. 128

A graduate of Rutgers University, Devin now works full-time as a charity fundraising specialist at Charity GROW. In college, Devin was very active in the Greek community and founded his fraternity’s graduate chapter, where he serves as Alumni Advisor, Social Media Coordinator, and Scholarship Manager. As a member, Devin says, “I’ve witnessed first-hand how supportive and productive the Elks can be, and this is something I will cherish forever.” Click here to watch a video of Devin and two former SAB members explaining why they joined the Elks.

Meagan Fuller, Alum of the Year Representative

2010 Legacy Scholar
University of Alabama Alum, Tulane University School of Public Health
Sponsored by Attleboro, Mass., Lodge No. 1014

Meagan is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Tulane University. Previously, she attended the University of Alabama, where she graduated with a degree in Communication and Information Science in just two years. She then dedicated more than 600 hours to develop services for at-risk youth with AmeriCorps in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her Elks family has been supporting her all along the way. Meagan received a 2015 ENF Cornerstone Grant for her work with the Cookbook Project in New Orleans. “The Elks scholarship served as an impetus for my personal volition to give back and improve the lives of my community,” says Meagan. Click here to read more about Meagan.

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