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2018-2019 Scholarships

Hortio Alger Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 25

Receive up to $25,000

Must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to attend college

https://scholars.horatioalger.org/

Eligibility Criteria:

- be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the US with plans to enter college no later than the Fall semester following graduation

- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

- Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

- Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

- Display integrity and perserverance in overcoming adversity

- Hold a minimum grade point average (GPA) or 2.0

- Be a United States citizen


VFW Voice of Democracy Contest 2018-2019

Open to all students in grades 9-12 with a Grand Prize of $30,000

Due to Feil no later than noon on Monday, October 29!!

The 2018-2019 Theme is “Why My Vote Matters”

- Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive.  The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds). 

- Mr. Martin will help you record your speech in the sound room of Bronco Radio.

- Entries begin at the Post level.  Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to an audio CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/Flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by October 28, 2018.  Please turn them into Feil in the Counseling Office by noon on October 29 at the very latest!

Judging Criteria

- Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.

- Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner.  Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

- Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

Link to Voice of Democracy Rules

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/927/vod_2018-19.pdf

Link to Voice of Democracy Information

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/927/vfw_vod_rules_and_eligibility.pdf


2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Deadline: November 6, 2018

In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May.  

During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year.  These National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, troplies for their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion.  Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence.  All state-level honorees will be announced in February.

Local Honorees who qualify will also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

For more information: https://spirit.prudential.com/awards/how-to-apply

To apply:  https://spirit.prudential.com/apply/2019


Elks Most Valuable Student

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2018.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

Eligibility: 
  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

Awards:

  • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition.
  • Male and female students compete separately.
  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

  • The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 2019 500 national winners in late April 2019. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

Questions? Email [email protected] or call (773)755-4732


VFW Endowment Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2019 to Fred Weigel or Feil in the Counseling Office

*Kansas VFW Endowment scholarships will be awarded for 1 to 2 year scholarships at a minimum of $500 per semester. *Previous recipients of a VFW Kansas Endowment Scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

*Applicant must provide the eligible VFW Post Number: that is the VFW Post or VFW Auxiliary that the applicant’s eligibility is actively affiliated with in the State of Kansas, or was so at the time of his/her death. Active means either a life member or current dues paid, or were so at the time of death. Applicants are advised that affiliation with the VFW or its VFW Auxiliary is ONLY for the purpose of determining eligibility, and otherwise has no bearing on determination of awards. 

Click here for application.


Elks Legacy Scholarship

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined below.

The Foundation will offer a total of 300 awards in the 2019 contest.

The 2019 contest opened on September 1, 2018.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

Read below for eligibility information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Eligibility:

  1. For the 2019 contest, 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, 2016, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2016, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2019. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.
  3. The applicant must apply online only. The 2019 Legacy Awards application deadline is 11:59 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2019.
  4. If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge.
  5. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by December 31, 2018.
  6. 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. Students can accept local and state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
  7. 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.)
  8. If you are selected as a 2019 Legacy Awards recipient, you will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years you are receiving the scholarship. Click here for more information about serving with the Elks.

How do I Apply?

Eligible students should apply in the following manner:

  1. The student must complete and submit the ONLINE application. The 2019 Legacy Awards application deadline is due online by 11:59 a.m. (noon) Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2019.
  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, contact the ENF Scholarship Office via email at [email protected]. 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 2019.

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.


VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

What are the Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

  • March 31: Student Entry Deadline to Local VFW Auxiliary.*
  • April 10:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Judging Complete.
  • April 15:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Winners to Department (state) for Judging.*
  • May 5:  VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. View the 2017-2018 state winners or all the previous first-place national winners.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.
  • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

  • The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $29,500.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?

  • Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used.
  • Do not frame two-dimensional pieces.
  • Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board. Other entries must be
    matted in white. Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper. Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
  • The art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24”, not including mat.
  • Three dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc.
  • Pieces should be no smaller than 8” in any direction and no larger than 24” in any direction.
  • Art cannot be more than 5 lbs. in weight.
  • Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED.
  • Complete entry form and attach to back of entry.
  • Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (150 words or less).