Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition

The 2025 application will be available on August 1, 2024.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

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  • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2025 competition.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $7,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

  • NOTE: The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation announced the 500 national winners of the 2024 contest in April 2024. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

The 2025 MVS Leadership Weekend will be in Chicago May 1-4, 2025. The Top 20 scholars, selected from the 500 national semi-finalists, receive an invitation to the weekend and scholarships of $30,000. The 480 runners-up receive scholarships of $4,000. Attendance at Leadership Weekend is required to be part of the Top 20 cohort and receive $30,000.

MVS Leadership Weekend

The Elks National Foundation is proud to present its 2024 class of Most Valuable Student Scholarship Recipients. Click here to see the full list of winners.

2024 Most Valuable Student Award Offers
500 Four-Year Awards for the
2024-25, 2025-2026, 2026-27, 2027-28 Academic Years
Four-Year Total Award No. of Awards Total
First Place $30,000 20 $600,000
Runners Up $4,000 480 $1,920,000
Total: $2,520,000

Looking for other Elks scholarship options? Learn about Legacy Awards and Emergency Educational Grants.

Questions? Email or call 773/755-4732.


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