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Elks Foundation Legacy Award

Through its three scholarship programs, the Elks National Foundation awards more than $3.74 million a year in college scholarships.

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years). The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards.

Following are answers to common questions about the Elks National Foundation's ENF Legacy Awards scholarship contest.


Who is Eligible?

  1. Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2013, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2013, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2017. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.


  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.


  3. The applicant must apply online only. Click here to start a 2017 Legacy Awards application online.


  4. If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge.


  5. Students may applyfor 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.


  6. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. (Note: Applicants from Guam, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Philippines may apply Legacy Awards toward schools, colleges or universities in their respective homes.)


  7. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test by December 31, 2016.


How Do I Apply, and What Are the Deadlines?  Applications open September 1, 2017


Eligible students should apply in the following manner:


  1. The student must complete and submit the ONLINE application by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on the January 31, 2017, deadline.


  2. The Elk sponsor’s membership will be verified through the BPOE Grand Lodge headquarters.


  3. When a student registers to complete the online application, both the applicant and Lodge Secretary will be notified by email.


  4. If you have questions about your online Legacy Awards application, visit our Legacy Awards FAQ page.


  5. Upon receipt of the application, the applicant will receive a notification that the application was received. Winners will be announced in late April 2017.

Note: Because the contest begins in one Lodge year and the winners are announced in the next, a Legacy Award could go to the child or grandchild of a lapsed member. An applicant's Elk parent or grandparent must be a paid-up member in good standing at the time of application, but if the Elk chooses not to renew membership, that decision will not affect the outcome of the Legacy Awards contest.


For more information and to apply online, please go to the Elks Foundation website.