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2016-17 Elks Scholar Advisory Board

The ENF is proud to present the 2016-17 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.

Nate Baker, Senior Representative

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

A senior majoring in Government and Spanish at Cornell, Nate is involved with his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and often travels to mock trial tournaments. He recently returned from studying abroad in Cuba for the Spring 2016 semester. Nate stays involved with the Elks by volunteering with the Hoop Shoot program. 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, Junior Representative

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

Anji recently graduated from the pre-medical program at Pennsylvania State University and will be matriculating to medical school in the fall of 2016. 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, Sophomore 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 highly involved with Gamma Phi Beta and Model United Nations on campus. 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.” Click here to hear about Jessica's experience on a Summer Elks Scholar Service Trip.

Brandon Dawson, Freshman Representative

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

Brandon will begin classes at Duke University in Fall 2016 as an Environmental Science and Policy major. In high school, Brandon was highly involved in musical theater, served as President of the National Honor Society, and started his own honey selling business: The Bee’s Knees Honey. “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.”

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 rising junior at the University of Notre Dame studying Accountancy and Theology. He has been a leading officer for the Knights of Columbus on campus, team member for a social entrepreneurship startup, and teacher for classes and small groups through campus ministry. This summer, he will be interning at an education non-profit in Chicago. Nathan attended the inaugural MVS Leadership Weekend in 2014 and has returned as a Scholar Leader in both 2015 and 2016. “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 President of The Noonan Group. 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.

Rachel Russo, Alum of the Year Representative

2001 MVS Scholar
University of Central Florida Alum, University of Miami Alum, University of California, Davis
Sponsored by Attleboro, Mass., Lodge No. 1014

Currently completing her surgical residency with a specialty in global and rural surgery at the University of California, Davis, Russo is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and attended medical school at the University of Miami. From living in Peru for a year and volunteering in a rural desert community, to serving as a flight coordinator for the evacuation of injured patients during Hurricane Katrina, to joining the Air Force, Rachel has led a career dedicated to service. Click here to read more of Rachel’s story.

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