Elks National Foundation scholarships make college possible

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

Chicago, Ill. -- The Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which launched on Sept. 1, 2009, aims to alleviate the financial burden for 500 ambitious students.

This year, through the MVS Scholarship, the Elks National Foundation will award $2.296 million, giving students a chance to earn a college education without incurring insurmountable loans. The Foundation awards 18 top winners scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships over four years.

This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. The 500 national winners will be announced by April 1, 2010.

Covington resident Emily Phillips received the award in 2004, helping her to attend Yale University. After graduating in 2008, she has remained in New Haven, Connecticut and will be attending a Masters in Teaching program in the fall of 2010.

Elizabeth Phillips received the award in 2009 and is using it to attend MIT, where she is a member of the MIT riflery team and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She will be completing her freshmen year this spring.

Emily and Elizabeth Phillips are the granddaughters of Guy and Carol McGiboney, of Covington. Guy McGiboney is a member of the Covington Lodge #1806, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.