Scholarship Information

 Watertown Elks Lodge #496 Scholarship Information

Each year the Elks organization gives out scholarships to area students.  

The first scholarship is open to every senior in the United States. It is called the
 Most Valuable Student Award.
The application deadline is
 on or before November 14, 2022. The applications are available online at The deadline for counselor reports are November 21, 2022 at Elks National Foundation awards $2.44 million annually to 500 high school seniors nationwide. These are four year scholarships consisting of two $50,000 scholarships, two $40,000 scholarships, two $30,000 scholarships, fourteen $20,000 scholarships, and four hundred eighty $4,000 scholarships. 

The second scholarship is an 
Emergency Educational Grant  that is available to undergraduates who attend full time at an accredited U.S. college and university. The applicants need to be children of a deceased or total disabled Elk member. The grants are in the form of renewable one-year grants of up to $5000. This is intended to be for educational assistance only and not intended to cover the entire cost of a college education. Applications are taken between May 1st and November 1st. To obtain an application contact the Elks National Foundation Scholarships Office at (773)755-4732 or [email protected]. For more information about Emergency Educational Grants visit

The third scholarship is the 
Elks National Foundation Legacy Award.  This is open to high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of dues paying Elks. The application deadline is February 6, 2023 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time. For more information about eligibility requirements and to access the online application visit 

The fourth scholarship is the Elks New York State Legacy Award.  This is open to any New York State high school senior who is a child/stepchild of an Elk member in good standing. The New York State applications are due on or before December 14, 2022.
Last year one student from our area was awarded an Elks New York State Legacy Award

Equitable Excellence Scholarship

The Equitable Excellence Scholarship program awards students from across the country who work hard to make a positive and lasting impact in their communities and beyond.

Applicants must:
- Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work activities.
- Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year. 
- Be a United States citizen or legal resident or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Be willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their achievements along with photographs for use in Program promotion/information.

To learn more and apply visit

Alpha Delta Kappa

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to any male or female June graduate of a Jefferson County High School, resident of Jefferson County, or Jefferson Community College student who wishes to continue study toward a baccalaureate degree in the field of education. 
The deadline for the scholarship will be March 31, 2023.
The scholarship will be granted on the basis of financial need, school participation, scholastic standing, and genuine interest in the field of education. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or 85% to qualify. 

Please email [email protected] with further questions. 

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