Elks Lodge 2540 presented a check for $1,300 each to the winners of the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest. This year’s winners were Tiara Duffy from Cape Henlopen High School and Jonathan Hall of Sussex Central High School.
Each student is required to submit evidence of being in good standing each year for four years in order to receive the yearly scholarship payment of $1,300.
Over the last eight years, Cape has had three students win district-level scholarships. It is also possible for students to move on to national-level competition where they can earn up to a $15,000 annual scholarship from ENF.
The Scholarship Committee consists of Dr. Dane (Andy) Brandenberger, Donald Schneck, and Robert Gable, all of whom have served at least eight years on the committee.
The process used to evaluate the students is strictly prescribed by the ENF, including a scoring rubric assessing the breadth and quality of activities and characteristics. Students are evaluated on the following categories: scholarship, leadership, community service, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, response to an essay question and financial need.
The Elks National Foundation, the major philanthropic endeavor of the order, annually awards more than $4 million in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The first week of May each year is Elks National Youth Week, during which the Elks recognize young people for their achievements and contributions to their community
The Elks annually award scholarships at the local, state and national levels, and sponsor activities such as the Elks Hoop Shoot, drug awareness programs, Soccer Shoot, scouting, Little League, summer camps and in-home treatment for children with disabilities.