Elks promote scholarship

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Elks Lodge is doing big things to help local youth. Elks invest in the nation’s future by helping deserving students attend the colleges of their dreams.This year, the Elks National Foundation will fund nearly $3.74 million in college scholarships through its three scholarship programs.The Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest launched Sept. 1 and will lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 deserving students.The Foundation awards 20 top winners scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.Thanks to their scholarships, the two 2013 top scholarship winners are both able to attend their dream schools.Grace Young, sponsored by Hoboken, N.J., Lodge No. 74, will study cellular and molecular biology at Harvard University. Anish Athalye, sponsored by Worcester, Mass., Lodge No. 243, will study computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.This year, through the Most Valuable Student scholarship, the Elks National Foundation will award $2.44 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans.This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are U.S. 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 Columbia City Elks Lodge located at 109 S. Main St., Columbia City, or the applicants’ high school guidance office no later than Dec. 6.The 500 national winners will be announced in late April.Applications for the 2014 contest are available by download at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.