The first application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6, for high school seniors

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GRESHAM ELKS - Carl Tebbens, a member of Gresham Lodge 1805 and scholarship co-chairman, enjoys working with students in the community and helped distribute dictionaries to grade school students.

Gresham’s Elks Lodge likes to dispel the myth that the Elks club is a secret private drinking society.

“We have the saying that ‘Elks care — Elks share,'” said Tina Tebbens, who chairs the scholarship committee. “We cover so much, from spirituality to patriotism.”

The Elk represents a non-confrontational animal that is fiercely loyal and protective of its family.

So it’s fitting the civic organization provides scholarships to the next generation of students dreaming of higher education.

This fall, the Elks are gearing up for their annual scholarship programs. At the national level, Elks will award $3.74 million annually in its Most Valuable Student Scholarship to 500 high school seniors across the country.

The top six local high school seniors from the Gresham-Sandy area will receive scholarships from the local chapter adding up to $6,000 in total funds.

Applications for the 2014 contest are available at, with a deadline of Friday, Dec. 6, at Gresham Elks 1805 Lodge, 3300 N.E. Division St., Gresham.

Additional scholarships are available through the Legacy Awards program, which offers scholarships up to $4,000 to a graduating senior who is a child or grandchild of an active Elk member.

Seven Oregon students will receive the Legacy Scholarship. The application is due Jan. 31, 2014, and can be found online at

The Emergency Educational Grant, which proves financial assistance to children of deceased or disabled Elks who wish to obtain or further their college education, is also available to students.

Applications for the $4,000 scholarship are due by Dec. 31. Students may request applications at the Gresham Lodge or from the Elks National Foundation Chicago office at 1-773-755-4732 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All applicants for these three Elks scholarships must be high school seniors and citizens of the United States pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis at an American college or university.

Candidates will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial aid.

In addition, the Vocational Grant Award of $1,400 is available through the Oregon State Elks Association for students pursuing a two-year or less vocations/ technical program.

The deadline is April 1, 2014, and the application is available at

For more information, visit for the National Foundation Scholarship and for the local scholarship.

Donations may be made through the Gresham Elks Scholarship Fund. There is also the $1,000 Sally Lamm Scholarship the Gresham Elks award to hardworking students with financial need.

Along with the scholarship program, the Gresham Elks recently donated 1,000 dictionaries to 11 local elementary schools, giving third-graders their own personal copies.

The organization also collected $600 from members of the lodge to buy new school supplies for East Gresham Grade School this fall.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GRESHAM ELKS - Liz Jones helps organize dictionaries given to 11 local elementary schools this fall by Gresham Elks.

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