The Glendale Elks honored 23 seniors attending local high schools with $68,800 in scholarships during their 84th annual awards ceremony held recently at the local lodge. Over the past 18 years, the Lodge has awarded over 380 students a total of $562,800. The 24-page application requested the student’s involvement in activities including academics, SAT/ACT scores, Advanced Placement courses, leadership in both the school and community, employment, honors and awards, grades for the years of 10-12 and completion of an essay.
Those students with the highest levels of achievement advance from the Glendale Lodge to the Metropolitan District. Those top students then compete at the state level and, finally, the top 72 students from California and Hawaii compete for the top 500 awards from the Elk’s National Foundation. The foundation awards $2.44 million annually in scholarships that range from $4,000 to $50,000 to the national finalists over a four-year period of college attendance. By receiving these scholarships, these young men and women are given the opportunity to fulfill their potential and their dreams through the generosity of the Elks at the local, state and national levels.