Sponsored by Salisbury, N.C., Lodge No. 699. Breana believes in education for all, and she has already instituted programs in her school district to increase equity for all students.
With our $50,000 scholarship, Breana will attend Spelman College in the fall to study educational studies and sociology. (Runtime: 3 mins., 16 secs.)
In November, the Elks Scholar Advisory Board gathered in Chicago for the first in-person meeting in two years. The SAB set goals for the upcoming year, including how to engage Elks scholars in service and community. Meet the SAB here!
MVS Top Male Winner Victor Ramirez shares why serving others is important to him. Throughout high school, he volunteered with a local tutoring program—sharing his love of education with those he tutored. Ten years from now, he aspires to serve the United States as a Naval doctor. #TheFutureLooksLike serving and protecting those who serve and protect us. Enjoy the eighteenth installment of the series! (Runtime: 2 min., 36 sec.)
MVS Top Female Winner Tabitha shares how moving to an unfamiliar community served as an opportunity to grow. She shares her passion for serving marginalized communities. #TheFutureLooksLike hands-on advocacy! (Runtime: 2 mins., 16 sec.)
Following her grandmother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease, Sarah started working in a lab researching therapeutics dedicated to treating the disease. Sarah's interest in neuroscience took her to the U.S. Brain Bee Championship—which then led her to India. #TheFutureLooksLike advancing perspectives and leadership through communication! Enjoy the sixteenth installment of the series. (Runtime: 1 min., 23 secs.)
Sophie worked with a housing nonprofit throughout high school where she assisted communities that are vulnerable to gentrification in strengthening their bond. She plans to continue that work in college while studying public health. #TheFutureLooksLike productive solutions for community issues! Enjoy the seventeenth installment of the series! (Runtime: 1 min., 45 secs.)
Funda prioritized her education after immigrating to the U.S., but she realized girls around the world lacked similar opportunities. Funda discovered Days for Girls, an organization dedicated to female empowerment, and started the first chapter in her home country of Turkey. #TheFutureLooksLike spreading kindness and compassion around the world! Enjoy the fifteenth installment of the series! (Runtime: 2 mins., 37 secs.)
After organizing—and winning—a legal case on his mother's behalf, Anthony hopes to take the contributions he makes to his own community, and others, to a new level. He plans to put his international relations studies to use in shaping policies to be more conscious of the cultural pluralism we experience in our everyday lives. #TheFutureLooksLike recognizing the unique needs of others! Enjoy the fourteenth installment of the series! (Runtime: 2 min.)
When Michael's father suffered a stroke, he knew his life would change forever. His father never recovered, and Michael pushed himself in school, but he pushed his well-being aside. When he stepped back, he embraced what makes him happy. #TheFutureLooksLike staying true to who you want to be! Enjoy the thirteenth installment of the series! (Runtime: 1 min., 47 secs.)
When Emily signed up for a forensics course, she thought she'd be studying criminal science. Instead, she had joined a speech and debate class. Today, as the speech and debate team captain, Emily says it's the best mistake she ever made. #TheFutureLooksLike being open to the possibilities! Enjoy the tenth installment of the series. (Runtime: 2 mins., 29 secs.)
Inspired by the legacy of her grandmother and mother, Ann dedicates herself to serving others and influencing their lives in a positive way. Her commitment to service instilled in her the values of education and connection. #TheFutureLooksLike making a difference in every life you touch. Enjoy the twelfth installment of the series! (Runtime: 2 mins., 15 secs.)
Brock has been intrigued by the puzzles of genetics since seventh grade. One day, he hopes to combine his interest in genetics love for service to research diseases. #TheFutureLooksLike using your passions to help others! Enjoy the ninth installment of the series. (Runtime: 1 mins., 24 sec.)
Matt learned the power of teamwork as captain of his high school football team. Now, he wants to translate that mentality to solve challenges in his local community. #TheFutureLooksLike growing from adversity rather than dwelling on it! Enjoy the eighth installment of the series. (Runtime: 1 min. 13 secs.)
Rio grew up on a small family farm where he learned firsthand the challenges of agriculture. His experiences inspired him to be a part of a sustainable solution. #TheFutureLooksLike bridging tradition and modern technology! Enjoy the seventh installment of the series. (Runtime 1 min. 23 secs.)
With the values of hard work, dedication and collaboration ingrained in her by her farming family, Regina learned to grow gardens in the desert and to seek new experiences. #TheFutureLooksLike embracing others with an open mind! Enjoy the sixth installment of the series. (Runtime: 1 min. 39 secs.) #ElksFamily
In the final competition as the mechanical captain of her high school's robotics team, Aneekah embraced her femininity. Not only did she save the day, but also the team's robot. Enjoy the fourth installment of #TheFutureLooksLike series. (Runtime: 1 min., 59 secs.)
It's time to share new films from "The Future Looks Like..." series featuring the 2019 MVS scholarship class. Seamus Hoolahan who was the third place winner and recipient of a $30,000 MVS scholarship!
Although Seamus lost the teacher who instilled the drive in him to keep going, the lessons he learned from him continue to live on in Seamus. Enjoy! (Runtime: 1 min., 33 secs.) #ElksFamily #TheFutureLooksLike
Minh's father immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam and took a job at a nearby factory to support his family. Years of working at the polluted factory led to heart disease and diabetes, but Minh was inspired to use his family's adversities to become a force for change.
Watch the second installment of "The Future Looks Like..." film series, featuring Minh who took home a $20,000 MVS scholarship! (Runtime: 1 min., 20 secs.)
Until a third grade teacher saw the potential in her, Camryn wasn't passionate about school or education. Now, thanks to a Most Valuable Student scholarship, she's reaching new heights at Stanford University.
#TheFutureLooksLike the power to be whoever you want to be. Enjoy the third installment of the series! (Runtime: 1 min., 44 secs.) #ElksFamily
When Jake moved from Sanibel Island to mainland Florida for high school, he brought his love for the environment and steel drums with him. #TheFutureLooksLike being yourself wherever you go! Enjoy the fifth installment of the series . (Runtime: 2 mins. 03 secs.) #ElksFamily
The Elks scholars are heading to San Diego for the Winter Service Trip! If you're an Elks scholar, apply today at enf.elks.org/ScholarServiceTrips.
If your Lodge is nearby, and you want to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always looking for new ways to connect our #ElksFamily! In the meantime, enjoy the film below from the 2019 Winter Elks Scholar Service Trip in Chicago! (Runtime: 36 secs.)
Meet Victor Ramirez of Florida, our 2019 male $50,000 Most Valuable Student scholarship winner! Here's his intro video from the Elks National Convention in St. Louis. Victor is sponsored by South Miami/Coral Gables, Fla., Lodge No. 1676. (Runtime: 2 mins., 38 secs.)
Meet Tabitha Escalante of Ohio, our 2019 female $50,000 Most Valuable Student scholarship winner! Here's her intro video from the Elks National Convention in St. Louis. Tabitha is sponsored by Maumee-Bowling Green, Ohio, Lodge No. 1850. (Runtime: 2 mins., 15 secs.)
Elks scholars and alumni headed west for the 2019 Spring Elks Scholar Service Trip! While they were there, they volunteered at nonprofits, met Elks, and found a new meaning to #ElksFamily. (Runtime: 2 mins., 50 secs.)
Eva Petersen, a 2017 Legacy Awards scholar sponsored by Arlington-Fairfax, Va., Lodge No. 2188, says seeing the positive influence the Elks have had on her family makes her want to be an Elk one day. Watch the second video from the Elks Spring Scholar Service Trip to Portland below! (Runtime: 31 secs.) #ElksFamily
Elks scholars and alum engage in three service trips a year to build a stronger #ElksFamily, give back to communities, and meet the Elks who make their college dreams come true. But don't just take our word for it!
Enjoy the third film from the Winter Scholar Service Trip in Biloxi! (Runtime: 0 mins., 32 secs.)
Enjoy the premiere of the first film from the Winter Elks Scholars Service trip in Biloxi, Mississippi! We think Elks scholar alum Travis Broadhust hit the nail on the head on one of the reasons why the Foundation provides these opportunities when he says, "Every Lodge across the country contributes to your education. ... You know they've given you this education, given you these skills. Use those skills to make the world a better place."
#Learn. #Serve. #Connect. That's the #ElksFamily motto! (Runtime: 3 mins.)
MVS Top Female Winner Maitland Thull shares her story and her gratitude for the opportunity to join the #ElksFamily. #TheirPassionYourSupportOurFuture
"This scholarship really means that I can focus on my studies and devote more time to service and leadership in my community, both in Mobile and in Huntsville."
And that's a wrap on #TheFutureLooksLike video series!
Shiv started a nonprofit, helped develop an app and has a patent in the works, all of which were accomplished before he graduated high school. Watch Shiv, the 2018 MVS Top Male Winner, share his incredible achievements with you in the penultimate video of #TheFutureLooksLike series. Enjoy! (Runtime: 2 mins., 27 secs.)
While his hometown perseveres through economic hardships, Mitchell Porter becomes a beacon of hope as a leader on his sports teams, a volunteer at local elementary schools and through his Cross Country Goes Green program dedicated to reducing plastic pollution in Nebraska. This is the 17th installment of #TheFutureLooksLike series. Enjoy! (Runtime: 2 mins., 14 secs.)
Mercede's hometown of Baltimore City has a health disparity of up to 20 years life expectancy, an issue that has personally affected her own family. Mercedes became a trailblazer for a healthier lifestyle by starting Baltimore Beyond Plastic, a nonprofit that effectively banned Styrofoam in all 182 schools in the Baltimore City public school system.
Take the time to watch Mercedes share her incredible and show you what #TheFutureLooksLike. Here's 16th installment. (Runtime: 2 mins., 21 secs.)
#TheFutureLooksLike Brandon Staple combining his passion for soccer with his passion to help others by starting a nonprofit that sends sports gear to those in need in Jamaica. Brandon plans to continue helping others when he becomes Dr. Staples. Enjoy the 15th installment! (Runtime: 2 mins., 18 secs.)
In elementary school, Pearl had to fight for the right to an education. "Navigating with my visual disability, throughout my 18 years of life, has proven to be a challenge, but at the same time, a blessing for me." Pearl's dream of going to college is now a reality. Enjoy the 14th installment! (Runtime: 2 min., 6 secs.) #TheirPassionYourSupportOurFuture #ElksFamily #TheFutureLooksLike
While visiting his grandparents in China, Richard saw the dire consequences of environmental pollution. He started researching how to optimize the production of ceramic water filters; the first step in his mission to help the world. This is what #TheFutureLooksLike. Enjoy the 13th installment! (Runtime: 1 min., 40 secs.)
When he was younger, Seth wished he was the outgoing kid that shook hands and made friends everywhere he went. In high school, he started a nonprofit to teach students at local elementary schools how to do just that. In the future, he hopes to use those skills as a politician. Here's Seth's story.
Enjoy the 12th installment of #TheFutureLooksLike series! (Runtime: 2 mins., 55 secs.) #TheirPassionYourSupportOurFuture #ElksFamily
David Ma understood studying music throughout his life was a privilege; one many of his classmates couldn't afford. In high school, he gathered a few friends and started Bluegrass Youth Arts, a program that provides lessons and showcase opportunities for low-income students with a passion for the arts.
Watch David share what he thinks #TheFutureLooksLike in the 11th installment of our video series! (Runtime: 1 min. 56 secs.) #ElksFamily
After volunteering on several mission trips, Ellie Gex found where her passion lies: serving alongside doctors, nurses and dentists, helping people in communities around the world. (Runtime: 1 min., 58 secs.)
This is the tenth installment, and halfway point, of #TheFutureLooksLikeseries. Stay tuned for the rest of the month to meet the remaining finalists from the 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship class, including the top scholars! #TheirPassionYourSupportOurFuture
Eric Donohue didn't let a skiing accident that forced him to miss 48 consecutive days of school keep him from becoming the valedictorian of his class, getting back on the slopes or joining the #ElksFamily.
#TheFutureLooksLike perseverance. Take two minutes to watch the ninth installment of the series; be inspired for the rest of the day. (Runtime: 2 mins., 21 secs.) #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture
#TheFutureLooksLike Jessica Xiao creating advanced technology that everyone can use. Before she does that, she'd like to thank the Elks, and give them a few hugs, for giving her the opportunity to follow her dreams. Here's the eighth installment of the series. (Runtime: 1 min., 41 secs.) #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture #ElksFamily
Moya Ly is breaking down stereotypes against girls and minorities who are studying technology and STEM by running her own coding program, You Code. #TheFutureLooksLike Moya inspiring the next generation. #ElksFamily (Runtime: 1 min., 23 secs.)
When Bryan Romanow lost his father his freshman year of high school, he got through the most difficult time in his life by turning to his friends, the people he met through Boy Scouts, and his trapshooting teammates. Now, he also has his #ElksFamily.
Here's the sixth installment of #TheFutureLooksLike series. (Runtime: 2 mins., 13 secs.)
"I couldn't tell the difference between raindrops and tears."
In the fifth installment of #TheFutureLooksLike, Aleah Hahn takes us on a journey through rough waters to show us that when you believe in yourself, and in your community, you can get through anything. #TheirPassionYourSupportOutFuture #ElksFamily (Runtime: 1 min., 46 secs.)
Timothy Ho hopes to be someone who leads with compassion and love, and he's starting in his community. Timothy helped create Social Feed, a project that provides fresh produce to people experiencing hunger and homelessness in his hometown of Simi Valley, California.
This is the third installment in the #TheFutureLooksLike series. Check it out! #TheirPassionYourSupportOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 40 secs.)
"Even though I was defeated, I was really excited that I had motivated just a couple of people to go out of their comfort zone and do something new."
#TheFutureLooksLike Josephine Nwankwo, a leader who, instead of dwelling on defeat, passes the lessons she learned onto others. We have a feeling the fourth installment in our series is going to leave you feeling inspired. #TheirPassionYourSupportOurFuture (Runtime: 1 mins., 45 secs.)
"Being able to get a higher education is definitely the greatest act of rebellion I have against being born poor."
"The Future Looks Like..." Natalie MacEwan, whose story will leave you feeling inspired and ready to take on the world. Here's the second installment in the series. (Runtime: 2 mins., 29 secs.)
"The Future Looks Like..." film series returns with the 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship class. First up, Robert Schofner! The Elks hold a special place in Robert's heart because of how important they are to his “Pop Pop.” You're going to want to hear Robert tell you about his connection to the #ElksFamily. Enjoy! (Runtime: 2 mins., 15 secs.)
150 Elks scholars served in San Antonio to help the Elks celebrate their 150th anniversary. It was the largest gathering of Elks scholars ever! They served at Haven for Hope on Saturday; side-by-side with the Elks who have invested in their future on Sunday and went on to surprise the members at Opening Ceremonies. (Runtime: 3 mins., 2 secs.) #Elks150 #CelebrateThroughService #150for150
For Colin Norick, who was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2, #TheFutureLooksLike a miracle. Once again, here's his incredible story as we wrap up our Future series on the top 20 Most Valuable Students from 2017. Thanks for watching!
#YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 2 mins., 41 secs.)
For Jacob Mosley of Florida, #TheFutureLooksLike bridging the gap between the scientific community and the public to help gain real solutions. Here's the penultimate installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 31 secs.)
Ameena Razzaque grew up without the expectation that she'd go away to college one day. She was a girl. But our scholarship opened that possibility to her, and now she has a chance to really shine.
Meet Ameena in the 18th installment of our Future series. #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 59 secs.)
The female mentors in Lucia Zheng's life instilled in her a belief that she can be a strong, capable leader. Now she's passing that concept on to younger females. It's time to meet Lucia. Here's the 16th installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 34 secs.)
For Jackson Nichols of Arizona, music is an escape. But it's also the foundation of a code he's developing that one day will stump artificial intelligence. Here's the 15th installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 2 mins., 33 secs.)
For Virginia's Alla Issa, #TheFutureLooksLike a place where everyone can read the words she edits. Here's the 14th installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 52 secs.)
For California's Zoi Urban, #TheFutureLooksLike giving a voice to marginalized members of society. Here's the 13th installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 24 secs.)
For Michael Medaugh of Pennsylvania, #TheFutureLooksLike helping people heal when life knocks them down. Here's the 12th installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 36 secs.)
Wild horses couldn't keep Rebecca Reuning from pursuing her dreams, but it's the Elks who are helping her get there. Here's the 11th installment of our Future series. #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 34 secs.)
For Odysseus Pyrinis of California, #TheFutureLooksLike helping people caught between a rock and a hard place. Check out the ninth installment in our epic Future series. #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 21 secs.)
"I am the way I am because of you," says Alenette Ballesteros of Hawaii. For Alenette, #TheFutureLooksLike making the world a better place. Check out the seventh installment in our Future series. #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 5 secs.)
For Florida's Branden Pearson, #TheFutureLooksLike serving others as he follows in the footsteps of a relative he never met. Here's the sixth installment in our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 39 secs.)
"I just like experimenting with brains."
Not many people can pull off a line like that, but B.J. Kim is one of them. Here he is in the fifth installment of our Future series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 20 secs.)
"You don't have to leave the country to find people who need help," says Samantha Johnson, who comes from a small rural community in Illinois. "You can serve literally anywhere."
For Samantha, #TheFutureLooksLike a lifetime a service. Check out the fourth installment in our Future series! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 36 secs.)
When Laura Perrault first entered school, she had trouble making friends. She was a little different from the other kids. But she found her voice through service and by the time she graduated high school, her peers had voted her most likely to change the world. Here's the second installment in our The Future Looks Like series. Enjoy! #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture (Runtime: 1 min., 16 secs.)
We're proud to introduce a new film series titled "The Future Looks Like..." Starting today and over the next seven weeks, we'll be releasing short profiles of all 20 of the 2017 top Most Valuable Students. Watch for them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!
Okay, without further ado, here's Tatum Ogata of New York. Enjoy! (Runtime: 1 min., 40 secs.) #YourSupportTheirPassionOurFuture #ElksFamily #StemGirls
Our scholarship helped make college a reality for Rachel Russo. Her amazing accomplishments since college made her our 2016 Alum of the Year and also illustrate the ripple effect of our philanthropy. (Runtime: 3 mins., 17 secs.)
The 2016 Summer Service Trip brought Elks scholars to Chicago to serve an elementary school on the South Side and homeless veterans. Watch this short, moving film to see what the trip meant to the scholars and the communities they served. (Runtime: 4 mins.; 6 secs.)
Twenty Elks scholars rang in the New Year by serving in Oakland, California, in the name of the Elks. In this short film, scholars and Elks alike share their thoughts on the Winter Elks Scholar Service Trip. (Runtime: 2 mins., 50 secs.)
Elks-scholar-turned-Elk Macy Warburton found her passion and got involved, and as a result, got so much more out of her scholarship than just the annual check. In this video, she encourages her peers to do the same.
If you'd like to travel to interesting places, meet new people, make friends, and shape the Elks scholar experience, then you should apply for the Scholar Advisory Board. Learn more by watching this video.
Haylee Manning didn't know the Elks could help her finish college, until a member told her.
The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.
In a twist on the typical Legacy scholar story, Anji Radakrishnan's father joined the Elks because of her involvement with the Lodge's youth activities. Check out their story and learn more about the availability of scholarships for Elks families.
What happens when you fly 20 scholars to Chicago? Give them a place to congregate. Throw in some games. Teach them about the Elks through a scavenger hunt at the Memorial building. Play some trivia. And engage in service at a veterans hospital.
What happened was a weekend that none of us will ever forget.