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The Elks National Foundation's 1998-99 Grants and Appropriations

At the Board of Trustees' meeting in Chicago on June 20, 1998 the board approved appropriations and distributions for the 1998-99 fiscal year totaling $13,219,358.

College Scholarships

"Most Valuable Student" Scholarships

Designated a total of $2.092 million for 500 four-year scholarships for the 1999-2000 through 2002-03 academic years. Applications are available at www.elks.org and at the local Lodges after November 1. The filing deadline is January 15, 1999. Awards will be announced on May 14, 1999.

Emergency Educational Fund Grants

Reserved a total of $500,000 for one-year educational grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. Grants are renewable up to three times. Applicants must be unmarried and under the age of 23. Applications are available at the local Lodges or by writing to the Foundation.

Legacy Awards for the Children of Elks

Designated a total of $500,000 for 500 one-year, merit-based scholarships of $1,000 for children of Elks who have been members in good standing for at least two years. Awards will be announced in April 1999.

Eagle Scout Awards

Designated a total of $48,000 in four-year scholarships for eight Eagle Scouts selected by the Boy Scouts of America. Winners will be announced in June 1999. Applications are available through the Boy Scouts.

Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarships

Designated a total of $48,000 in four-year scholarships for eight Gold Award recipients selected by the Girl Scouts of America. Winners will be announced in May 1999. Applications are available through the Girl Scouts.

Scholarship Management

Appropriated $100,000 to manage these five scholarship programs.

National BPOE Programs

Elks National Home

Granted $875,000 to help fund the Order's retirement facility in Bedford, VA. Also granted a $7,500 nursing scholarship to a resident of Bedford.

Elks Drug Awareness Education Program

Appropriated $674,500 to completely fund the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program, including printing and shipping millions of pieces of educational literature.

Elks National "Hoop Shootr" Free Throw Contest

Appropriated $580,008 to completely fund the Elks national free throw program, the nation's largest noncommercial coed sporting activity. Also granted $1,000 to maintain the Elks Theater in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

Elks National Veterans Service Commission

Granted $528,950 to help fund the Order's Veterans Service Program. Grant includes $410,000 for the Order's 172 VAVS representatives, helping them provide aid and comfort to hospitalized veterans in the United States.

Elks Veterans Memorial Building Maintenance

Granted $350,000 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial Building in Chicago.

State Association Grants

State Charities Grants

Granted $4.002 million to the state associations. The grants will help fund each association's State Major Project. These projects include aid for people with disabilities, cancer research, children's hospitals, youth camps, and safe havens for abused women and children. Portions of these grants will also help fund state Elks "Hoop Shoot" contests and drug awareness programs.

Special Project Grants

Granted $2,242,400 to the state associations to help fund scholarship programs or other projects that will best extend an association's philanthropic outreach.

Miscellaneous Grants

D-Day Memorial Foundation

Granted $50,000 toward the construction of a D-Day memorial in Bedford, VA. Bedford had the highest per capita loss during the D-Day invasion.

Boy Scouts of America

Granted $10,000 to help send four Scouts to the World Scout Jamboree in Chile.


Reserved $10,000 for miscellaneous grants.

Administrative Appropriations

ENF Partial Administrative Funding

Appropriated $500,000 to help fund the day-to-day operations of the Foundation's Chicago office.

ENF Computer Systems Upgrade

Appropriated $100,000 to replace three 15-year-old computer systems.

Note: Only income earned by the Foundation's Income Fund is used for administrative purposes. All income earned by the Foundation's Principal Fund-in which donations are deposited-is earmarked for programs.