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2017-18 Elks Scholar Advisory Board

The ENF is proud to present the 2017-18 Elks Scholar Advisory Board. The outstanding Elks scholar advisory 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 scholarship@elks.org.


Anjithaa Radakrishnan, Senior Representative

2014 Legacy Scholar
Pennsylvania State University Alum, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Sponsored Nashua, N.H., Lodge No. 720

Anji graduated from the pre-medical program at Pennsylvania State University and is currently attending medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. 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 watch a video of Anji and her dad sharing about their experience with the Elks.


Jessica Carter, Junior Representative

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

Jessica attends Northwestern University where she is on the pre-law track. She is involved with Gamma Phi Beta and Model United Nations on campus. As a 2015 MVS Finalist, Jessica attended the second annual MVS Leadership Weekend. So inspired by her experience, she participated in the first Elks Scholar Service Trip in Manistique, Michigan in June 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.” Click here to hear about Jessica's experience on the 2015 Summer Elks Scholar Service Trip.


Brandon Dawson, Sophomore Representative

2016 MVS Scholar
Duke University
Sponsored by Dover, Del., Lodge No. 1903

Brandon attends Duke University as an Environmental Science and Policy major. During basketball season, he can be found cheering on the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In high school, he started his own honey business, the Bee’s Knees Honey. He continues beekeeping in college in the Durham area. “Wherever my life takes me,” Brandon shares, “I want to bear the name of an Elks scholar with pride and continue to get more students involved with this incredible organization.”


Kimberly Hadaway, Freshman Representative

2017 MVS Scholar
Williams College
Sponsored by Marietta, Ga., Lodge No. 1657

Kimberly will start her college journey as a Mathematics major at Williams College in fall 2017. In high school, Kimberly tutored students in math, SAT and ACT prep each summer through the Academic Excellence Math Program. She was also the Clarinet Section Leader in her high school band and a 4-H Teen Leader. “More than a mere thank you,” Kimberly expressed, “I believe that the manner in which I continue to carry myself, approach my studies, and continue to serve my community will provide an example of the impact that being an Elks scholar has, and will continue to have on my life.”


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
Member of Burien, Wash., Lodge No. 2143

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 an 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 rising senior at the University of Notre Dame studying Accountancy and Theology. He is involved in campus ministry at Notre Dame and will be interning with KPMG during the summer of 2017. Nathan attended the inaugural MVS Leadership Weekend in 2014 and has returned as a Scholar Leader in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also participated in the the Dallas Elks Scholar Service Trip in January 2017. “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.


Branden Pearson, At-Large Representative

2017 MVS Scholar
University of Florida
Sponsored by North Cape Coral, Fla., Lodge No. 2874

Branden will be a freshman at the University of Florida in fall 2017 where he will major in Computer Science and minor in Business Administration and Public Leadership. In high school, Branden was involved in varsity football, student government, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, and Junior ROTC. As a 2017 MVS National Finalist, he attended the MVS Leadership Weekend and visited his local Lodge soon after to share about his experience. He is currently helping the Lodge to launch their own website. “During my short tenure as an Elks scholar,” shares Branden, “I have come to recognize that being a scholar means that I now have a second family, one which is trying to change our nation for the better.”


Emily Mitchell, One Year At-Large Representative

2014 Legacy Scholar
Murray State University
Sponsored by Henderson, Ky., Lodge No. 206

Emily is studying to become a middle school teacher at Murray State University. She is the Secretary and Alumnae Relations Chairwoman of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and the New Member Educator for the Panhellenic Council at Murray State. Emily has served at the Regional Hoop Shoot Contest in Paris, Tennessee throughout college and served on the Oakland Elks Scholar Service Trip in January 2016. “It’s good to get the word out there that there is a need for people in my generation to step up and become those people to do things in our communities to serve others,” says Emily. “I’m really excited to eventually become an Elk.” Click here to see a recap of the Oakland Elks Scholar Service Trip and to hear about Emily’s experience.


Kyle Bort, One Year At-Large Representative

Emergency Educational Grant Recipient
Missouri State University
Sponsored by Carlinville, Ill., Lodge No. 1412

Kyle is a Spanish major at Missouri State University where he is highly involved with Habitat for Humanity. He served on the Washington, D.C. Elks Scholar Service Trip in March 2016 and the Dallas Elks Scholar Service Trip in January 2017 and visited his sponsoring Lodge to share about his experience of serving in Washington, D.C. Kyle studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica and was an English teacher in Spain in spring 2017. “Growing up, I saw the impact my dad had on people,” shares Kyle. “The same fire that burned in him now burns in me. To me, being an Elks scholar is showing that same compassion and love that he did. It is unconditional support that is present for you when you need it most. It is realizing the power that we all have to change peoples’ lives and impact the world.” Click here to hear Kyle sharing about his experience on the Dallas Elks Scholar Service Trip.


Sean Loosli, Alum of the Year Representative

2003 MVS Scholar
Harvard University Alum, Stanford University Alum
Sponsored by Provo, Utah, Lodge No. 849

Sean was the MVS Top Male Winner in 2003 and has stayed engaged with the Elks and given back to the Elks National Foundation since he received his scholarship in many ways, including mentoring current MVS scholars. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Russian Studies and obtained a Master's Degree in Russian Studies from Stanford. He now works as a product manager leading innovation programs at Digital Insight, a digital banking software company in California. Click here to see Sean in both 2003 and 2013 sharing about what his MVS scholarship meant to him.


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