Legacy FAQs

Legacy Awards Application FAQ

  • Who will I compete against and how are the quotas determined?
  • Who Selects the Legacy Award Winners?
  • How will the applicants be judged?
  • How will the awards be administered?
  • Uploading Transcript & Test Scores
  • Essays
  • Elk Sponsor Information
  • Completed Application & Deadline

    Who Will I Compete Against and how are the quotas determined?

    Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years). The Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2020 contest.

    Children and grandchildren will compete separately against other children and grandchildren in their state. Each state is eligible to receive a number of awards based on its past support of the Elks National Foundation. Each state’s quota is divided evenly among children and grandchildren. In states where the quota is an uneven number, the extra award is allocated to children of Elks, rather than grandchildren.

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    Who Selects the Legacy Award Winners?

    The Selection Committee is appointed by the ENF Board of Trustees, and consists of professionals who are not connected with either the Elks National Foundation or the BPO Elks of the USA. The Selection Committee is responsible for the confidential review of each applicant's file. They determine the Legacy Award winners. All decisions are final.

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    How Will Applications Be Judged?

    The ENF Legacy Awards contest provides educational assistance to children and grandchildren of Elk members who are high school seniors, going on to college, and exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation:

    1. Knowledge
    2. Charity
    3. Community
    4. Integrity

    The Selection Committee judges applications based on the above values. There will be no further investigation of the prospective students or their parents with respect to financial need or other personal matters.

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    How Will the Awards Be Administered?

    1. Award winners will be announced in late April.

    2. The award becomes final when the student accepts it and actually enrolls in an accredited U.S. American school, college or university. The award money will be apportioned equally by period (semester, trimester, quarter, etc.).

    3. Legacy Awards are evidenced by a Certificate of Award issued by the Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation.

    4. All checks are paid directly to the school; under no circumstance can we make payment directly to the student.

    5. The scholarship monies may be used for anything that the school considers cost of attendance. This often includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board.

    6. In order to receive payment, a student must have the school send a completed Verification of Enrollment form to our Chicago office. We will then issue our check, payable to the school, and mail it directly to the school to establish a credit in the name of the student. We will notify the student when we mail the check.

    7. If a student leaves school for any reason, the undisbursed balance of the scholarship must be returned directly to the Foundation's Chicago office. It may not be transferred to another school, and it may not be paid to the student personally.

    8. In all of our scholarship programs, it is the responsibility of the student to follow up on all matters relating to his or her scholarship. In all correspondence relating to a student who has won or is applying for a Legacy Award, we must have the full name and ENF ID number of the student.

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    Uploading Test Scores & Transcript

    Q: The college I plan to attend doesn’t require that I take the ACT or SAT. Are these scores needed for this application?
    A: Yes, ACT and/or SAT scores are required. You need to take either the ACT or SAT before December 31, 2019, in order to qualify for the Legacy Awards.

    Q: Can I submit a copy of my test scores from the SAT or ACT website?
    A: Yes, you may submit your test scores from the SAT or ACT website.

    Q: My school will not issue a transcript directly to me. What should I upload?
    A: If your school has a policy about issuing official transcripts to students, work with your guidance counselor to secure an unofficial transcript and upload the unofficial transcript to your application.

    Q: What file types do you accept for uploading transcripts/test scores?
    A: Your transcript and test score documents must be in PDF, JPEG, or TIFF format in order to be uploaded.

    Q: What if my guidance counselor gave me a paper copy of my transcript?
    A: Please scan the paper document and upload the electronic file to your online application. Transcripts cannot be mailed to our office, they must be uploaded electronically to your online application. Note, transcripts mailed to our office will be destroyed.

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    Q: Is there a word limit on the essays?
    A: Yes, each essay has a word limit. There is a word counter at the bottom of each essay to help ensure you do not exceed the word limit.

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    Elk Sponsor Information

    Q: What information do I need to provide about my Elk sponsor?
    A: You will need to provide his or her name, Lodge number, membership number, and a phone number or email address. Your Elk sponsor’s membership number can be found on their membership card.

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    Completed Application & Deadline

    Q: When is the 2020 Legacy Awards application due?
    A: Your application must be submitted by 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, January 31, 2020. The Elks National Foundation is not responsible for any technical errors that may arise as you complete and submit your application. We especially encourage you to upload required documents early, even if you aren't ready to submit your application. In addition, it is in your best interest to submit your application early to avoid any last minute web traffic problems. If your application is received after 11:59 a.m. Central Time on January 31, 2020, it will be ineligible, regardless of the reason for late submission.

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