The students are selected by a committee of professionals at the school, and selection is based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. This year's recipients are Khalid Eldahan, son of lsmail and Cathy Eldahan, and Anna Sparks, daughter of Devra Sparks.
Sparks plans to attend the University of Kentucky this fall, while Eldahan will attend Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
The Middlesboro Lodge is also excited to announce that a local student was one of two Kentucky winners in the Grand Lodge of the BPOE “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship Contest. Each year the Grand Lodge awards additional scholarships, and this year over $2.2 million was awarded to 500 finalists in this contest. Competition for these scholarships is stiff.
As one of only 494 forth place winners in the United States, Richard Mason, a graduate of Bell County High School will receive $4,000 spread over 4 years. The son of Rick and Patricia Mason of Pineville, he will attend Yale University in New Haven, Conn., this fall.
The 2007 Elks Scholarship Contest, open to any high school senior, kicks off September 1, 2006. First place winners will receive $15,000 each year for four years for a total of $60,000. Applications will be available at the local Lodge or online at www.elks.org. Only the U.S. government grants more money each year in scholarships than the Elks.