The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks provide hundreds of scholarships at the national, state and local levels: the Elks’ “Most Valuable Student” scholarship alone provides awards from $4,000 to $50,000 to 500 outstanding students across the nation, while the Texas Elks State Association annually presents over $50,000 in scholarships and educational grants. Below is a synopsis of national and Texas scholarship, grant, and contest programs. Contact your nearest Elks Lodge for information about locally-sponsored opportunities to further your education.
Most Valuable Student Scholarship
The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any Texas high school senior who is a US Citizen and is in the top 5% of their graduating class. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applicants compete for scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. Applications must be completed by November 27, 2017. Applications are closed for 2017.
TESA Four-Year Scholarship
The TESA Four-Year Scholarship Program awards six scholarships to three male and three female high school graduates from the 2018 graduating classes of Texas high schools. Each award will be in the amount of $1,250.00 per year for the 2018-2022 academic years, for a total of $5,000.00 per award. Students in the top 5% of their graduating class are NOT eligible for this award. Applicants will be judged on financial need, scholarship, leadership and extra-curricular activities, and strength of character, and must be seeking a four-year Bachelor’s Degree. Deadline for submission is February 17, 2018. This application may be downloaded by clicking here.
TESA Teenager of the Year Scholarship
The Teenager of the Year Scholarship Contest is open to 2018 graduating High School Seniors who are citizens of the United States and residents of Texas. Applicants will compete for scholarships based on scholastic achievement, leadership and extra-curricular activities, and character. Male and female applicants will compete separately for three scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1500.00 each. Applications may be downloaded by clicking here, and must be submitted by February 17, 2018.
TESA Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship
The Texas Elks State Association will award a $2,500 scholarship to one 2018 Texas graduating senior who has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. The application must be received by March 14, 2018. To be eligible, the applicant must be a 2018 graduating senior Girl Scout who needs financial assistance for post-secondary education expenses, earn the Girl Scout Gold Award and provide proof of final approval of project by May 1, 2018, and plan to attend a Texas college, university or trade/vocation school during 2018-2019 school year. Download the application here.
TESA Eagle Scout Scholarship
Eagle Scouts who are graduating seniors, citizens of the United States, residents of Texas, and currently enrolled in an accredited Texas high school may apply for the Eagle Scout Scholarship worth $2500.00. Applicants must include a copy of their Eagle Scout Certificate and a description of their project along with personal recommendations. The application may be downloaded by clicking here, and must be submitted no later than March 14, 2018.
TESA Essay Contest
The TESA Essay contest is open to any Texas high school student who is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Texas. Download the application and essay topic here, and then submit your application and completed essay no later than February 17, 2018. Scholarships of $1000.00, $800.00, and $500.00 will be awarded for the top three essays.
TESA Vocational Grant
The TESA Vocational Grant Program is open to any prospective student, 18 years of age or older, planning to pursue a vocational/technical (VOC/TECH) course within the State of Texas. Each applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America and a resident of Texas on the date the application is submitted. While graduating high school seniors may apply, the program is not limited to high school students. A high school diploma or equivalent GED is not required. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2018, and may be downloaded here.
ENF Legacy Awards
The Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for Texas high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of Elks members. For complete eligibility requirements or to complete the online application, click here. Application deadline is noon February 2, 2018.
ENF Emergency Education Grants
Emergency Education Grants are awarded by the Elks National Foundation for financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education. For complete eligibility requirements and application instructions, click here. Applications must be filed no later than October 31, 2017.
Educational Grant Information
- TESA Four-Year Scholarship
- Teenager of the Year Scholarship
- Eagle Scout Scholarship
- Girl Scout Gold Award
- TESA Essay Contest
- TESA Vocational Grant
The Youth Activities and Scholarship Deadlines are located in this document.