The 2016 Most Valuable Student contest will come to a close the weekend of April 22-24, 2016.
The top 20 Most Valuable Student Finalists will take Chicago by storm in April to interview with the national judges for the top awards of $30,000, $40,000 and $50,000. Each scholar attending the weekend will be awarded at least $20,000 to support their college dreams.
The 2016 Most Valuable Student Leadership Weekend will include a visit to the Elks Veterans Memorial, service at the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center, and a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan.
From Hawaii to Connecticut, these students have started their own non-profit organizations, interviewed high-profile figures including a former president, and have overcome many obstacles, all while achieving academically and strengthening their communities beyond the four walls of their high school.
Without further ado, we present to you the 2016 top 20 Most Valuable Student Finalists!
2016 Most Valuable Student Top 20 Finalists
Sponsored by Worcester, Mass., Lodge No. 243
Sponsored by Kailua, Hawaii, Lodge No. 2230
Joseph "Wesley" Fairbanks
Sponsored by Mesa-Buckhorn, Ariz., Lodge No. 2656
Sponsored by Wareham-New Bedford, Mass., Lodge No. 73
Sponsored by Branford, Conn., Lodge No. 1939
Sponsored by Thousand Oaks, Calif., Lodge No. 2477
Sponsored by Poway, Calif., Lodge No. 2543
Sponsored by Atlanta-Northlake, Ga., Lodge No. 78
Jaquaious "Jay" Little
Sponsored by Canton, Miss., Lodge No. 458
Sponsored by Springfield, Mo., Lodge No. 409
Sponsored by Beaumont, Tex., Lodge No. 311
Sponsored by Beaverton, Ore., Lodge No. 1989
Shivraj "Sunny" Sandhu
Sponsored by Wilson, N.C., Lodge No. 840
Sponsored by Hopkins, Minn., Lodge No. 2221
Sponsored by Fargo, N.D., Lodge No. 260
Sponsored by Danbury, Conn., Lodge No. 120
Sponsored by Palisades Park-Fort Lee, N.J., Lodge No. 2475
Sponsored by South Kingstown, R.I., Lodge No. 1899
Sponsored by Deptford, N.J., Lodge No. 2708
Sponsored by New Hyde Park-North Shore, N.Y., Lodge No. 2107