The Elks National Foundation is now making available the merit-based Legacy Awards to children, grandchildren, stepchildren, step-grandchildren, and legal wards of Elks members currently in good standing. The foundation will offer a total of 500 awards with each one-year award valued at $1000. Eligible applicants will compete against other eligible applicants from their state. Oregon will offer a maximum of 23 awards. .

Interested applicants must take the SAT or the ACT test no later then Dec. 31. The application form and related information are available from area high school counselors or online at the Elks website The completed results and two letters of recommendation must be postmarked to the Elks National Foundation's Chicago office by January 14, 2005.

Award winners will be announced in April of next year.

In addition to the Legacy Award, the Elks National Foundation offers Emergency Educational 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.

Through these five scholarship programs, the Elks award in excess of three and one-half 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 you local Elks Lodge or your Elks scholarship chairperson, Chuck Haines at 426-3729.

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