Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition

The 2021 MVS contest opened August 5, 2020.

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

Eligibility:
  • 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.

Click here for MVS FAQs.

Application:

The 2021 MVS application opened on August 5, 2020.

Click here  to Apply to the 2020 MVS Contest

The application deadline is November 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time

Awards:

  • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2021 competition.
  • Male and female students compete separately.
  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 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.

  • The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners in late April, 2021. (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 20 Top Finalists traditionally participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 Finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

MVS Leadership Weekend

The Elks National Foundation is proud to present its 2020 class of Most Valuable Student Scholarship Recipients. Click here to see the full list of winners.

2021 Most Valuable Student Award Offers
500 Four-Year Awards for the
2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-2024, 2024-25 Academic Years
Four-Year Total Award No. of Awards Total
First Place $50,000 2 $100,000
Second Place $40,000 2 $80,000
Third Place $30,000 2 $60,000
Fourth Place $20,000 14 $280,000
Runners Up $4,000 480 $1,920,000
Total: $2,440,000

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

Questions? Email scholarship@elks.org or call 773/755-4732.

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