The Elks offer various scholarships for both Elk and non-Elk families. They rank third in the nation, only behind the US Government and the Bill Gates Foundation, for awarding scholarships to students to help further their educational endeavors.
Open to everyone, whether they have Elk connections or not, the Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US citizen. The Elks National Foundation will award a total of 500 four-year scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $50,000 for those who place in the top 500 nationally. Some Oregon lodges give awards at the lodge level, but those that advance onto the District and State level have a chance to receive additional awards ranging from $1200 to $3000. We also offer a Vocational Grant for anyone, no age restrictions, who are wanting to go into a vocational or technical profession. This grant cannot be used as a stepping stone to a four-year program. It can also be renewed if a second year is needed to complete the certification.
For children/grandchildren of Elk members the following grants are available. The Emergency Educational Grants provide undergraduate college financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks in the form of renewable, one-year grants of up to $5,000. The grant is for educational assistance only and is not intended to cover the entire cost of a college education. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members.