Rockland Elks announce scholarship opportunity

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Elks Lodge is doing big things to help local youth.

The Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest launched Sept. 1 and will lessen the cost of college tuition for 500 students. The Foundation awards 20 top winners scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.

This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Completed applications must be turned in to the Rockland Elks Lodge, no later than Dec. 6. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April. Applications for the 2014 contest are available by download at For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details, visit


Spirit of Community Awards search

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has begun its 19th annual search for Maine’s top youth volunteers. The program, which recognizes two students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service, will be soliciting applications from Maine residents in grades 5 through 12 until Nov. 5. Students who are interested in applying or those seeking more information are encouraged to visit:


Maine's top middle level and high school youth volunteers for 2014 will be announced Feb. 11 and brought to Washington next May 3-6 for four days of special recognition events, along with the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia. Winners from Maine last year included Katherine Elliott of Scarborough and Marissa Bates of Westbrook who were honored in Washington, D.C. for their outstanding community service.