Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Jasmine Ford  
2014 Legacy Awards Recipient
 
Gonzaga University—Nursing Major

Sponsored by Tillamook, Ore., Lodge No. 1437

Jasmine Ford has a passion for building community by helping others.

In between varsity track meets and organizing events for National Honor Society in high school, Jasmine found time to give back in countless ways. Every week, she volunteered for her church’s Sunday school, teaching and spending time with community children. She also worked as a soccer referee and as a youth staff member at the local YMCA. In addition, she suffered through bone chilling temperatures in Hope on the Slopes, a day-long ski marathon to benefit cancer research.

“I love giving back to the community through committed volunteer work,” says Jasmine.

As a college student, Jasmine eagerly jumped into volunteering by living in a service-oriented residence hall. In her first week, Jasmine volunteered to help build a hiking trail to benefit the community.

She will continue helping others in her career, with plans to become a nurse practitioner and join an international organization to bring medicine to those in need.

“Being an Elks scholar has highlighted the fact that volunteer work builds community by connecting people and by helping those in need,” says Jasmine. “I am proud to be an Elks scholar.”

We know Jasmine will continue build community wherever she goes!

In 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $1 million to fund 250 scholarships for the children and grandchildren of Elks. If you know any Elks children who are high school seniors, encourage them to visit
www.elks.org/enf/scholars for information, including eligibility and deadlines.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Marisa Pia Kwiatkowski   
2014 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Stanford University

Sponsored by Santa Clara, Calif., Lodge No. 2347


After years on the track and field team, Marisa Pia Kwiatkowski can go the distance. Besides her athletic pursuits, Marisa has spent many hours as a swim instructor and lifeguard, teaching children water safety and swimming techniques.

She has also spent time as a tutor and babysitter, all of which has given her a love of working with children. In college, Marisa plans to study education or business management, and plans to work her way from teacher to principal, becoming a force in education policy and improving students’ experiences.

“I hope to make a difference by uniting my community,” says Marisa. “I believe that a united group of people can work toward helping the less fortunate.”

With her passion for helping others and her Elks scholarship, Marisa will be able to help many children through her future endeavors.

“Being an Elks scholar is a true honor,” says Marisa. “I am so very glad that being an Elks scholar will give me access to a greater community.”

For 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $2.44 million to fund the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, which includes 500 four-year Most Valuable Student Scholarships. For more information about the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, including eligibility and deadlines, visit
www.elks.org/enf/scholars.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On Fireworks and Being a Freshmen

By 2014 Legacy Awards Recipient and Elks Scholar Advisory Board Member Anji Radakrishnan



Anji Radakrishnan, 2014 Legacy scholar and freshmen representative on the Elks Scholar Advisory Board, is giving us a glimpse into life as a college freshmen. Join her each month as she blogs about her exciting new challenges and experiences at Penn State.

    During this past summer, while the rest of the soon-to-be college freshman were busy hanging out with their friends and enjoying the presence of their families, I was in a small study lounge on my floor, busily typing away Biology notes, speeches, and English essays on my laptop. I attended Penn State’s summer session, a necessary component of my six year premedical-medical program through Jefferson Medical School. This summer introduced me to brand-new experiences. The most memorable of these was the 4th of July weekend.

    On the 4th of July, thousands of people arrived at Beaver Stadium to watch the light display to come. The entire community was abuzz with excitement about this annual celebration. Barbecues and music galore were vital components of the day-long festival. The fireworks themselves were grander than anything I had ever seen before. Coming from the small city of Nashua, NH, all of the fireworks I had seen previously were small and bought at a local store. Sitting in flimsy fold-out chairs with my friends, staring at the beauty lighting up the sky above us, is a memory and feeling I will never forget. Sometimes, it’s important to just let go of the problems we have and stresses we feel, and enjoy the world around us.

    Although I had a blast at Penn State over the summer, there are so many more things to look forward to. Football games, the Color Run, concerts, etc.., but beyond that, deep, meaningful friendships to build. Things are going to be quite different from summer to fall. My small campus of a few thousand students will grow to accommodate 40,000. My 3 classes will become 5. There will be clubs, activities, and events to attend. Over the 6 weeks I was at Penn State for the summer, I learned how to study for college courses and how to manage my time efficiently. The real test begins now, when there are numerous other factors that are thrown into the mix.  Join me in my next post as I fumble through the do’s and don’ts of being a college freshman! I hope all of the other Elks Scholars in our family out there are having a wonderful college experience as well!

Anjithaa Radakrishnan
Elks Scholar Advisory Board Freshman Representative
Pennsylvania State University



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Tanner Snider
2014 Legacy Awards Recipient 

Indiana University - Bloomington—Finance Major

Sponsored by Vincennes, Ind., Lodge No. 291


After working for years on the family farm, Tanner Snider knows the meaning of hard work. Coupled with his business acumen, he will take his work ethic from the barn to the board room, as he prepares to study business and finance this fall.

After college, Tanner hopes to obtain a master’s degree and work in finance before climbing the corporate ladder to become a CEO. 

While his sights are on the future, Tanner knows the importance of serving others and creating a positive impact in his community today. In high school, he founded and led the Down with Depression program to advocate for depression awareness. Through many hours of fundraising and planning, Tanner spoke to thousands of students in his community about the warning signs and effects of depression and the importance of suicide prevention.

Through continued advocacy in college and beyond, Tanner hopes to bring awareness and break down the stigma surrounding depression. You can read more about his advocacy efforts in his own words here.

Thanks to his Legacy Award, Tanner is looking forward to a bright future as a businessman with a mission to help others.

“Becoming a member of the Elks family is important to me,” says Tanner. “Being recognized for my service, commitment, and patriotism is a true blessing, and I cannot thank the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks enough.”

In 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $1 million to fund 250 scholarships for the children and grandchildren of Elks. If you know any Elks children who are high school seniors, encourage them to visit
www.elks.org/enf/scholars for information, including eligibility and deadlines.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars


 Tara Chattoraj
2014 Most Valuable Student Scholar 
 
University of Chicago—Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry Major

Sponsored by Wheaton, Ill., Lodge No. 2258


“Since my synapses first began to form, I have wanted not only to amass knowledge, but to create it,” says Tara Chattoraj.

Her involvements throughout high school allowed her to learn, create, and share her knowledge with others.

Tara, who is interested in a career in medical physics, advanced her knowledge as an intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. She built modules to help regulate the accelerator, worked in physics labs, and programmed solar panels. In addition, she has also published numerous articles in textbooks and literary magazines.

She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. In her free time, she tutors children at a local shelter, assists students with test preparation, teaches the violin, and works as a karate instructor at a martial arts studio, where she is a second degree black belt.

“Being an Elks scholar, excellent in academics and service, is just a stepping stone to a greater future,” says Tara. “We are the ones who can cure cancer, who can land on Mars, who can write the great American novel. We will be the ones to change the world.”

Thanks to her passion for learning and sharing her knowledge, Tara is an Elks scholar who will change the world.

For 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $2.44 million to fund the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, which includes 500 four-year Most Valuable Student Scholarships. For more information about the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, including eligibility and deadlines, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Laura Chelgren
2014 Legacy Awards Recipient
George Washington University—Political Science Major

Sponsored by Punxsutawney, Pa., Lodge No. 301

Elks scholars have a myriad of interests, which they pursue with passion on their journey from high school to college and beyond. For Laura Chelgren, her journey is taking her from the local theater stage onto the world stage, as she pursues a career in politics and an interest in travel.

In high school Laura was involved with her high school’s drama club and volunteered regularly with local theater companies. Besides serving as an officer for drama club, Laura created rehearsal schedules, helped with props and costumes, and helped cast members learn their lines. She also held the lead roles in several plays with community theaters.

After years on the theater stage, Laura is looking forward to expanding her horizons by traveling through Greece and Italy this summer, after traveling through Australia and New Zealand the previous year. Her international travels have sparked an interest in studying cultures and political science, which will allow her to serve others through a career in government.

“I am always striving to make positive differences in the lives of others and I am extremely grateful that being an Elks scholar will allow me to do that,” says Laura.

In 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $1 million to fund 250 scholarships for the children and grandchildren of Elks. If you know any Elks children who are high school seniors, encourage them to visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars for information, including eligibility and deadlines.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meet the ENF Staff

Bill Donnelly
Development Coordinator 

Bill is collecting Elks pins from every state!
Help him fill in his map by sending him your state's pin.
How long have you worked at the ENF?
One month.

What projects are you/your department working on right now?

I am currently being trained, working on a variety of different projects and learning everything I can about the ENF.

What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?

Coming in everyday and being able to work with my friends.

Describe your average day at the ENF.
I spend a good amount of time answering phones and emails, and the rest of it in trainings and meetings. I learn something new here every single day.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

This summer is going to be filled with BBQ’s, concerts, festivals and beach trips.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?

I love to play lacrosse.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Benjamin Franklin. He was one of the smartest men, and one of the most important men in United States history. I would be fascinated to pick his brain.