The Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which launched on Sept. 1, aims to alleviate the financial burden for 500 ambitious students. 

This year, through the MVS Scholarship, the Elks National Foundation will award $2.296 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans. The foundation awards 18 top winners scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships over four years. 

The scholarships are available to all 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 in to the applicant’s nearest Elks lodge, no later than Nov. 2.

National finalists will be required to submit a secondary application. The 500 national winners will be announced by April 1, 2010. 

Applications for the 2010 contest are available at Elks lodges, local high schools and for download at www.elks.org/enf/scholars. 

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