Batter up! With the help of Danville, Va., Lodge No. 227’s Promise Grant, the local high school baseball team holds a successful pancake breakfast fundraiser! Here, the team stands ready to serve breakfast to attendees.
by Cullen Edens 2016 Most Valuable Student ScholarCullen,
along with 19 other scholars, came together to serve the San Antonio community
in the name of the Elks from June 26 to June 29. These 20 scholars then joined
130 of their fellow scholars for the 150 for 150 Service and Celebration
Weekend, where all 150 scholars worked together to serve the city of San
Antonio from June 29 through July 2.
My name is Cullen Edens and I am a junior at
East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where I am majoring in Accounting. When
I was selected as an Elks Most Valuable Student scholar, I simply thought I
would collect my award and move on with my college education. I had no idea the
impact that the Elks National Foundation would have on my life. In late June, I traveled to San Antonio not
knowing that this service trip would transform the way I viewed the communities
around me. Arriving at Trinity University, I met 19 other Elks scholars from
across the country from Maine to California. We instan…
by Taylor Odisho Communications Assistant It’s taken an entire week to fully digest everything I experienced at my first Elks National Convention, and I think I can finally do justice in putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, in sharing them.
I started working as the Communications Assistant at the Elks National Foundation in October of last year. In just nine months, I’ve been exposed to stories, people and moments, and I’ve been working hard to convey these interactions in an honest, interesting light that resonates with our audience.
But it wasn’t until I shook hands with “Crazy Richard” Clayton and his wife; sat down with Nester Tan, a platinum donor with the ENF; or spoke with many of the Elks I’ve been writing about these past several months that everything finally clicked.
There’s a scientific way to say this, but I’m a writer, so I’ll use words. You can study a topic for hours and hours, but you’ll never be able to memorize what you’re reading until you can connect it to …
by Cecily Froerer2014 Most Valuable Student Scholar
My name is Cecily Froerer. I’m a junior at Utah State University where I’m studying Communicative Disorders and minoring in American Sign Language. Four years ago, I was a high school senior with two goals. First, obtain a college degree. Second, do so without any form of student loans. The second was a seemingly unattainable goal.
By some stroke of luck, I found myself in my high school’s office when two men from the local Elks Lodge shared information about the Most Valuable Student scholarship. As I continued about my week, I kept thinking about that scholarship. It was stuck in my mind. Eventually, I applied. Maybe, I would be able to get a little money for college from this. I couldn’t have dreamed what was about to happen.
The next year was a whirlwind of surprises. I watched as my scholarship application passed through the Lodge, to the district, and on to the state level! I was incredibly grateful, but I was also fairly confi…