Elks Most Valuable Student (MVS) scholarship chairman Chuck Haines of Enterprise announces that the Elks National Foundation will be offering nearly $2.5 million through its Most Valuable Student scholarship program this year.

As a result of membership contributions to the Elks National Foundation, the Elks organization will again offer 500 MVS nationally competitive scholarships. These awards are in addition to the generous amounts of moneys distributed to students through local, district and state scholarship contests.

Through Enterprise B.P.O.E. Lodge #1829, a first place boy and girl winner in Wallowa County will each be awarded $1,000 based on their high school GPA, national SAT or ACT test scores, leadership involvement in the school and community, honors and awards, interview skills, and demonstrated financial need. These local winners will also be eligible for additional awards moneys at the Northeast district scholarship contest to be held at the Pendleton Elks Lodge on Sunday, Feb. 2. Students advancing to the seven district contests this year will receive additional moneys totaling $58,800.

First place boy and girl district winners will then enter the state level of competition where state awards will range from $1,000 to $2,200 to each gender depending upon placement. These district winners will automatically have their brochures entered into competition at the national level. The ultimate goal for competitive students is to be selected as the Elks National Foundation MVS - a scholarship worth $60,000 for each top boy and girl.

Applications are available to students in the present high graduating class who are citizens of the United States, and who are residents within the jurisdiction of their local Elks Lodge. Interested students should contact their high school counselors for additional information and appropriate application materials. The deadline for completing the application form is Jan. 10, 2003.

Individuals having questions regarding the MVS contest, the Legacy Award, the Emergency Educational Grant, the Eagle Scout scholarship or the Girl Scout Gold Award scholarship programs sponsored by the Elks should contact Chuck Haines at 426-3729.

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