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Elks Legacy Award Sholarship Applications Available On-Line Sept 1, 2009

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, Leechburg Elks Lodge Secretary
Story Date: August 12, 2009

Press Release; Elks Legacy Award Sholarship

Through its three scholarship programs, the Elks National
Foundation awards more than $3.6 million a year in college
scholarships. Legacy Awards are four-year, $4,000 scholarships. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 these awards this year. Any child or grandchild (or step-ch ild, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2007, or a
charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2007, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2010. Great-grandchildren are not eligible. The applicant must be a high school senior. The applicant must apply online only at
www.elks.org/enf/scholars. If the applicant's parent and
grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge. Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test by December 31, 2009. Eligible students should apply in the following manner: Starting with the 2010 contest, applications will be available ONLINE ONLY after September 1, 2009. The student must complete and submit the ONLINE application by the January 8, 2010, deadline. The Elk
sponsorís membership will be verified through the BPOE Grand Lodge headquarters. When a student registers to complete the online application, both the applicant and Lodge Secretary will be notified by email. Upon receipt of the application, the applicant will receive a notification that the application was received. Winners will be
announced on or around May 1, 2010. Children and grandchildren will compete separately against other children and grandchildren in their state. Each state is eligible to receive a number of awards based on its past support of the Elks National Foundation. Each stateís
quota is divided evenly among children and grandchildren. In states where the quota is an uneven number, the extra award is allocated to children of Elks, rather than grandchildren. The Selection Committee is appointed by the ENF Board of Trustees, and consists of professionals who are not connected with either the Elks National Foundation or the BPO Elks of the USA. The Selection Committee is
responsible for the confidential review of each applicant's file. They determine the Legacy Award winners. All decisions are final. The ENF Legacy Awards contest provides educational assistance to children and grandchildren of Elk members who are high school seniors, going on to college, and exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation: Knowledge. Charity, Community, and Integrity. The Selection Committee judges applications based on the above values. There will be no further investigation of the prospective students or their parents with respect to financial need or other personal matters. Award winners wll be announced on or before May 1.

Rosemarie Shea, Lodge Secretary
Leechburg Elks Lodge 377
Leechburg, PA 15656
e-mail; rmshea@consolidated.net


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