With more than 1.1 million members in more than 2,100 local lodges nationwide, the Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world!
Mission: To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
Scholarships: The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.3 million in college scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors. The "Most Valuable Student," Eagle Scout, and Girl Scout Gold Award scholarships are open to any graduating high school senior.
Eagle Scout Awards: The Elks' Eagle Scout Scholarship program is funded by the Elks National Foundation. The Foundation awards four $8,000 scholarships ($2,000 per year), and four $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year).
Gold Award Scholarships This scholarship program is for young women who have achieved the highest ranking in Girl Scouting – the Gold Award. The Foundation annually awards eight scholarships to Gold Award winners selected by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. One girl from each Girl Scout Service Area will receive a $6,000 scholarship ($1,500 per year).
The Legacy Awards Through its five scholarship programs, the Elks National Foundation awards more than $3 million a year in college scholarships. Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2002, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2002, is eligible to apply.
Emergency Educational Fund Grants The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.
The youth-oriented, charitable, and community service programs of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks are all-encompassing. Here is a partial list of our