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.