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Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars


Rohit Gupta
2014 Most Valuable Student Scholar

Rice University—Biochemistry and Cell Biology Major

Sponsored by Englewood, Colo., Lodge No. 2122


Mentor. Advocate. Leader. These words only begin to describe Rohit Gupta’s high school involvement. As a freshman, he started a nonprofit tutoring program to provide free educational services to underserved youth in his community. In the last four years, he has taught hundreds of students from pre-school to college, helping them build a foundation in math, reading and writing.

In addition to providing face-to-face educational support, he also developed educational apps. Downloaded by over 20,000 people worldwide, the free apps provide personal assistance and additional guidance to students.

“I am focused on making students positive and independent self-learners,” says Rohit.

Besides advancing educational resources for countless learners, Rohit has found time to pursue his interest in medicine, assisting hospital staff and advocating for better treatment of mental health at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

“Being an Elks scholar has truly helped me in reaching my goal of attending a top university,” says Rohit. “It has also given me further motivation to continue my efforts in bettering my community and reaching my dreams.”

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.

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