The Ely Elks Lodge is doing big things to help local youth. Elks invest in our nation’s future by helping deserving students attend the colleges of their dreams. This year, the Elks National Foundation will fund nearly $3.6 million in college scholarships through its three scholarship programs.

The Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest launched on September 1st and will lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students. The Foundation awards 20 top winners scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.

This year, through the MVS Scholarship, the Elks National Foundation will award $2.44 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans.

This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Completed applications must be turned into the applicant’s nearest Elks Lodge no later than December 6. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April of 2014.

Applications for the 2013–2014 contest are available at scholarship  counselor’s offices in White Pine, Elko, Eureka and Lincoln County High Schools and for download at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.