The Elks National Foundation is now making available the merit-based Legacy Awards to the children, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, and legal wards of Elk members currently in good standing. The Foundation will offer a total of 500 awards with each one year award valued at $1,000. Eligible applicants will compete against other eligible applicants from their state. Oregon will offer a maximum of 13 awards. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited American schools, colleges or universities.

To be eligible the applicant must be a high school senior planning to take the SAT or ACT test no later than Dec. 31 of their senior year. The application form and related information material is available from area high school counselors or online at the Elks website, www.elks.org/enf. The completed application form, current transcript of credits, SAT or ACT test scores, and two letters of recommendation must be postmarked to the Elks National Foundation's Chicago office no later than Jan. 10, 2003.

The Legacy selection committee will consist of professionals not connected with either the Elks National Foundation or any Elks Lodge of the USA. The selection committee will confidentially judge the applicant's scholarship materials.

Award winners will be announced in April of next year.

In addition to the Legacy Awards, the Elks National Foundation offers Emergency Education Grants to children of Elk members who are deceased or totally incapacitated.

To the general population of graduating high school seniors, the Elks National Foundation offers the Most Valuable Student Scholarships, the Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarships, and the Eagle Scout Scholarships.

The Oregon State Elks Association also funds the Vocational Grant program.

Through these five scholarship programs, the Elks award in excess of $3.5 million in educational grants or scholarships to deserving students and adults.

Specific information on any of the above Elks scholarship programs can be obtained by contacting your local Elks Lodge or your Elks scholarship chairperson, Chuck Haines, at 426-3729.

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