CHICAGO – Applications are now available for the 2005-06 Elks National Foundation Emergency Educational Grant program.

The program provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need to qualify for a grant. In addition, the applicant must be unmarried, under the age of 23 at the time of application, and be attending a U.S. college or university as a full-time undergraduate student.

In a recent survey of program participants, the foundation learned that prior to receiving the grant, not a single parent was confident that he or she would have sufficient funds to pay for college, and 70 percent of those parents had major concerns. After receiving the grant, only 24 percent still had major concerns, and an additional 24 percent had no concerns.

While pleased with the program’s impact on distressed Elk families, the board of trustees is committed to further reducing the number of parents who have major concerns about funding college.

That’s why the board approved an increase in the maximum annual grant amount to $4,000 from $3,000.

“The survivors of our fallen brothers and sisters have enough to worry about,” notes board chairman John T. Traynor of Devil’s Lake, N.D. “We want to lighten their burden and perhaps allow them to think a little less about how they’re going to pay for college.”

Last year, the foundation helped 108 Elks’ children go to college through the Emergency Education Grant program, but Traynor is convinced that there are more Elk children out there who could benefit if they knew about he opportunity. “If you know of a child who is eligible, please contact our office,” he urges. “Put us in touch with the family, and we’ll ensure that they receive an application for assistance.”

In 2005-06, the Elks National Foundation has reserved $350,000 for the EEG program.

Grants are for one year and are renewable up to three times. Grant amounts can range up to $4,000. For more information, or for an application, contact the ENF scholarship department at [email protected] or 773/755-4732. For more information about the Elks, visit,, or contact your local Elks Lodge.

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