Emergency Educational Fund Grants
To apply for assistance under this program an applicant must be the child of a deceased Elk or an Elk who is totally incapacitated. The Elk parent or stepparent must have been a member in good standing at the time of his or her death. In the case of a child of an incapacitated Elk, the parent or stepparent must have been a member in good standing before he or she became incapacitated and must continue to be an Elk in good standing when application for assistance is made.
This is an assistance program only, it is not intended to cover the entire cost of attending college. Students must demonstrate financial need to qualify for a grant under this program. In addition, the applicant must be unmarried, under the age of 23 on the date the application is signed, and attending a US American School/College/University, as a full-time (12 semester hours) undergraduate student. It is for educational assistance beyond and supplementary to the usual high school or preparatory courses. Assistance will not be extended beyond four years.
New applications should be filed between July 1 and December 31. Renewal applications must be filed between July 1 and October 31.
The amount of the grant is based on the information in the application. Therefore, if the student changes his or her school and/or course of study, he or she must write to the ENF office, detailing the changes, especially the change in the cost of the new program.
Applicants must investigate all sources of scholarships and grants available through School, Local, State and Federal Governmental agencies, before submitting an application.
The grant is for one year only; however, eligible applicants may apply for up to three annual grant renewals. Renewal forms are not automatically sent to the student each year; they must be requested from the ENF Chicago office by either the student or the sponsoring Lodge. All applications -- new and renewal -- must be submitted to, and processed by, the Lodge where the Elk parent or stepparent is or was a member.
The Lodge Scholarship Assistance Committee must investigate the application, and the committee's written report must be submitted with the application. After the vote of the Lodge, the Lodge Secretary must complete the portion of the application as noted. These three steps must be followed on all new AND renewal applications.
Review the application to determine that all required information is included before sending it on to the ENF Chicago office. Incomplete applications cannot be evaluated and will be returned to the student or Lodge. As soon as possible after the student has turned the application in to the Lodge, the Scholarship Committee should conduct its investigation, and the Lodge should follow up with a vote, so that the application can be submitted to the ENF office.
For more information about EEF Grants, please contact Tim Green at Lander Lodge #2317.
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