Elks Scholarship Essay

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships

Website:http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Who's Eligible: High school seniors heading to four-year institutions

Award Amount: Up to $12,500, renewable for four years

Due Date: November 30

Requirements:

You do not have to be a child or grandchild or an Elks member to win an Elks scholarship, but you do have to be academically sharp, have top-notch leadership skills, and carry financial need. Candidates should apply through their local Elks lodge (click here to find yours) and must be attending a four-year institution full time in the upcoming academic year. If you have any connections at the Elks lodge, that is a bonus. Special awards of up to $4,000 ($1,000 each year for four years) are available for children and grandchildren of Elks members.

You’re on the home stretch! The fall semester is half way over…which means registration for the spring semester is open for current and returning students at SCC. It’s not only time to pick what classes you want, but it’s also time to start figuring out how to pay for those classes.

If you haven’t already started applying, here are a list of scholarship opportunities at SCC. Outside of SCC, the top ten most generous scholarship programs include Intel Science Talent Search, Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition, Davidson Fellows, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships, Collegiate Inventors Competition, Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarships and Gates Millennium Scholars.

The trick about landing a hefty scholarship is writing a killer scholarship essay. Not sure how to go about it? Here are some tips:

1. Pay attention to details of the application. Be sure to provide all of the information they ask for – otherwise you are just setting yourself up for failure!

2. Get organized. Brainstorm to generate some good ideas, then create an outline to help you get started writing.

3. Demonstrate originality and creativity. To catch the attention of the reviewers, find a hook that will get the reader interested right away.

4. Show, don’t tell. For example, if you’re describing an activity you participated in, don’t describe it in general terms. Be specific! What duties did you perform? What affect did it have on your life or the lives of others?

5. Develop a theme that fits SCC or the scholarship. What sort of student is the college or the scholarship program looking for? Include elements in your essay that complement the college’s or sponsor’s expectation (without pretending to be someone you aren’t).

6. Turn in a professional-looking essay. Write a second draft to catch mistakes and better organize your thoughts. If possible, type and doublespace your essay. Check spelling and grammar. Also, share your essay with friends, family or teachers for another proofread.*

What tips do you have for writing a scholarship essay? Comment below!

*Tips provided by the Infinite Scholars Program.

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Amber Peterson is the marketing specialist at SCC. She graduated from Maryville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in strategic communication in 2014.

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