Elks scholars dream big. With their sights set high, this fall,500 Elks scholars will enter the hallways of their dream schools supported by an Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship, ready to embark on their college journeys.

No dream is too big for the Elks National Foundation. This year, the ENF is investing $3.74 million in college scholarships for our nation’s future lawyers, doctors, engineers and more. We’ve invested wisely. MVS scholars—all of whom demonstrate scholarship, leadership and financial need—are graduating from college at a rate of 90 percent, nearly 40 percent higher than the national average. Through the contest, the ENF will award 20 top scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships.

The MVS scholarship is available to 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 Ely Elks Lodge 1469 no later than Dec. 4. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April 2016, after the top 20 finalists participate in the Leadership Weekend in Chicago, April 22-24, 2016.

Applications for the 2016 contest are available at the scholarship counselor’s offices in White Pine, Lincoln County and Eureka County high schools and on the Elks National Foundation’s website. For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details including the application, and to learn more about how the Elks are investing in your community, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.