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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Alison Masson
2014 Most Valuable Student Scholar

Washington and Lee University—Political Science Major

Sponsored by Sussex, N.J., Lodge No. 2288


Being leaders in both academics and service is natural for Elks scholars. For Alison Masson, her leadership is bound together with her commitment to humanitarian initiatives and community service.

Besides being active in 4-H and mock trial, Alison found time to be the president of her school’s chapter of Pass It Along, a community organization that serves those in need in northern New Jersey. As president, she organized events to bring Christmas gifts and cheer to local children.

Alison’s experience with service and leadership led her to participate in Camp Rising Sun, an international program for students to learn about themselves and other cultures, and hone their skills as leaders dedicated to service. The following summer, she became a mentor, organizing programs, providing feedback, and encouraging girls as they learned leadership skills rooted in service to others.

After obtaining her degree, Alison plans to attend law school, and hopes to become involved in public service.

“Being an Elks scholar means becoming a part of an organization that is committed to my success,” says Alison. “I am so incredibly grateful that the Elks believe in me, my work and my potential.”

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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Jerome, Ariz., Lodge No. 1361


Jeans? $13. T-shirt? $7. Gym shoes? $14. Providing clothes for youth in need? Priceless.

Using an Elks National Foundation Promise Grant, Jerome, Ariz., Lodge No. 1361 took 26 local students back-to-school shopping. The Lodge partnered with teachers in the community to determine which students would most benefit from new school clothes, and then they were off to the store! Elks shopped with the students to buy what they needed—from socks to dresses.

“The students ranged from 4-years-old to 14-years-old,” says Community Investments Program Project Manager Janet Leuer. “They were all very excited to have new clothes to start school.”

Interested in serving local youth in need? Don’t wait to apply for a Promise Grant! These $2,000 grants are going quickly—fewer than half are still available! Click here for full Promise Grant details, including access to the online application.

Elks are committed to America’s future. To build the character and competence of local youth, the Elks National Foundation awards $2,000 Promise Grants to the first 500 Lodges that pledge to host an eligible youth event. To find out more about Promise Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meet the ENF Staff

Christine Robinson
Donor Services Assistant

How long have you worked at the ENF?
I’ve worked at the ENF for four months.

What projects are you/your department working on right now?
Donor Services is busy processing donations. I’m running the individual cumulative recognition process this week. Every donor who has met a new level of giving will be receiving their recognition—either a pin or a pin and certificate—in the mail within the next two weeks. 

What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?
I love the chances I get to interact with Elks—helping donors who may need a replacement pin, assisting ENF Fundraising Chairs who have questions about how to submit names with remittances, and seeing just how generous the Elks are. I started in March, and was blown away by the generosity of the Elks. I thoroughly enjoy sending out the monthly recognition.

Describe your average day at the ENF.
My day always starts with a cup of coffee. Then it depends on the day. If it is a Monday, I print out of the acknowledgment letters. I work on processing donations, either through a CLMS remittance import or manually. 

What are you looking forward to this summer?
This is my first summer living in Chicago and I’ve already had the chance to experience so much. I went to a Blake Shelton concert at Wrigley Field, enjoyed the beaches of Lake Michigan, and have gone to all of the street fests this city has to offer. 

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
People might be surprised to know that I am fascinated with weather! One of my favorite classes in college was Severe and Hazardous Weather.
    
Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Lisa Kudrow

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Xavier Shiu   
2014 Legacy Awards Recipient
Case Western Reserve University—Biomedical Engineering Major
Sponsored by Sioux City, Iowa, Lodge No. 112


Empowering others to believe in themselves is a goal of Xavier Shiu. He achieved this by incorporating his love of science into community service.

An integral part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Youth Advisory Board, Xavier helps plan science lectures and summer activities for hundreds of under-served students, promoting an interest in health and science careers.

Xavier also developed and coordinated an outdoor exercise program for neighborhood children, to keep them active by making exercise fun and helping them build friendships.

“They never wanted to go in for the evening,” he remembers.

Xavier is looking forward to his studies and plans to use his education to help advance the field of mechanical medical devices, such as surgical robots to help improve the impact of medicine.

“Being an Elks scholar makes me feel like there are others who see me as more than a test score,” says Xavier. “They feel that investing in me will make this world a better place. I am proud to say I am an Elks scholar.”

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.