Most Valuable Roommates
When Georgetown sophomores Kevin Baird and R.J. Barthelmes became roommates, they had no idea how much they had in common. It wasn’t until Georgetown Elks scholars started planning their 2010 Elks Scholar Week of Service project, that Kevin and R.J. realized they were both 2008 Most Valuable Student scholars.

It’s not surprising that R.J., originally from California, Md., and Kevin, from Oshkosh, Wisc., were drawn to the same school and received the same scholarship. Both are committed to service, learning and making a difference.

Thanks to his MVS scholarship, R.J., an American Studies major, has the time to be involved in many campus activities, such as Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice.

“My Elks scholarship has made my college experience possible,” says R.J. “At Georgetown, I have the opportunity to be engaged in new and compelling experiences on a daily basis.”

Kevin, a history major and government minor, is taking full advantage of the opportunities Georgetown and Washington D.C. offer. He is currently an intern for a member of congress, and volunteers through Habitat for Humanity. Like R.J., Kevin is grateful for all of the benefits his Elks scholarship offers.

“Besides making it easier to pay for college, my Elks scholarship has made me aware of the good work of the Elks,” explains Kevin. “Being an Elks scholar has encouraged me to contribute to my community in the same way the Elks do.”

Both Kevin and R.J. are contributing to their communities as active members of Georgetown’s Elks scholar group. The Georgetown Elks scholars are currently planning a community clean-up day during the 2010 Elks Scholar Week of Service.

After graduation, both R.J. and Kevin plan to continue helping their communities. R.J. plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, or get a job with an international business or government branch. Kevin will either continue to study history, or work on Capitol Hill.

We know the friendship formed between these Elks scholars will last long after their dorm experience ends!

In 2009-10, the Elks National Foundation allocated $2.296 million to fund the Most Valuable Student Scholarships. For more information about the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, including eligibility and deadlines, please visit If you would like to get together with Elks scholars in your area, email

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