Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
Since 1981 the Elks have provided financial assistance to students with disabilities wishing to further their education. Utilized by dozens of qualified candidates, this program serves a dual purpose: 1) the students are aided in pursuing their goals in higher education; and 2) the students are aided in becoming part of the mainstream working community.
This scholarship program is a financial needs based and academic use scholarship. It is intended for undergraduate work at an accredited community college, four year college, university, or licensed vocational school. The funds cover academic expenses only, which includes tuition, books, lab fees and on-campus room and board.
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The program is open to any prospective applicant, residing in California or Hawaii who is an American Citizen, planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical (voc/tech) course, above and supplemental to high school or preparatory school level. A high school diploma or equivalent is not required. The program is open to male and female applicants and will be judged on an equal basis. While graduating high school seniors may apply, it is not limited to high school students. It is open to all prospective students who require training or retraining to compete in the workplace.
The definition of an eligible program shall be comparable to that contained in the federal vocational legislation. It is defined as a two year or less vocational/technical program culminating in a terminal associate degree, diploma or certificate, but less than a baccalaureate program (Bachelor’s degree). Students planning to transfer to a four year school to pursue a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply. A student must plan to carry a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (or equivalence) each term. An academic year is determined to be a minimum of nine (9) months (approximately 39 weeks) of continuous full-time study. Payments may not be used to cover retroactive charges and may only be applied to expenses in the academic year.
The Vocational Grant is for one year only, with an option to renew for one additional year. The Grant may be used for tuition and fees, room and board (only if living on campus) and books and supplies. It may be used only for usual and required costs of applicant’s planned course of study.
Applications must be filed with the Scholarship Chairman, Exalted Ruler or Secretary of the Elks Lodge having jurisdiction in the area of the student’s legal residence. Only one application may be filed. For more information click here CHEA Scholarships