Elks Foundation Legacy Awards

  •  Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined below. For the 2021 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2018, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2018, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2021. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.

    1. The applicant must be a high school senior.
    2. The applicant must apply online only. The 2021 Legacy Awards application deadline is February 5, 2021 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.
    3. If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge.
    4. We have waived the standardized test requirement for the 2021 Legacy contest. You do not need to submit ACT and/or SAT scores.
    5. Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student wins more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value. Students can accept local and state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
    6. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. (Note: Applicants from Guam, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Philippines may apply Legacy Awards toward schools, colleges or universities in their respective homes.)

    If you are selected as a 2021 Legacy Awards recipient, you will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years you are receiving the scholarship. Click here for more information about serving with the Elks.

    Application: CLICK HERE
    Application Deadline: February 5, 2021 

Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship

  • Description:

    The purpose of the Kohl Excellence Scholarship program is to recognize student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. Their goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or nonpublic university, college or vocational/technical college. The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates each year. This is a competitive scholarship. Applications must be typed. Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals.

    Each student must submit three letters of recommendation, one from each of the following categories: 

    • Current teacher or Previous year's teacher
    • Counselor or Principal
    • Letters of recommendation will be evaluated on how well they describe the student's improvements, contributions, and successes.

    Award Amount: $10,000
    Application: CLICK HERE
    Application Deadline: November 17, 2020

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Description:

    The spirit of our free enterprise system resides in the dreams of our young people. Everyday in Wisconsin there are young people that do what many only dream about. They turn their dream into reality, take a chance on success and have a big impact on the lives of others while doing something they love. Who are they? They are young entrepreneurs.

    EY, Junior Achievement and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like to give recognition to an individual from 5th grade through 12th grade that is making their mark on our free enterprise system by turning a business idea into a reality; an individual who applied the entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated business knowledge to realize an actual operating business.

    You must meet the following requirements:

    • Any student (grade 5th -12th) who is a legal resident of the United States and the State of Wisconsin who is currently enrolled in a primary, middle or high school (public, parochial, private, virtual, or home school).
    • Applicant does not need to be a JA student.
    • Owner(s) or manager(s) of a private or public company. Business may be seasonal and must have been in operation since January 2020. Multiple owners will equally share the scholarship/cash prize. The business must have been created by the applicant(s), whom must have had continuity of ownership/management throughout the existence of the business. The applicant must have created the business and had continuity of ownership throughout the existences of the business.
    • Finalists must be available for a live presentation (safe & socially distanced) on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 3:30 – 5 PM. Travel to Milwaukee, WI for the presentation is preferred, but not required. One room of lodging will be covered by JA.
    • Is not a previous winner of this award.

    Application Process:
    Must be received by midnight on Monday, November 30, 2020


    Award Amount: Grand Prize $10,000. 
    Application: CLICK HERE 
    Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association



    The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association is pleased to sponsor our 11th Annual Scholarship competition for high school seniors.  All Waukesha County, Wisconsin public & private high school seniors graduating in 2020 are invited to participate.

    Scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to a minimum of two top-qualifying entries based on the quality of an essay written on one of the following topics:

    • HISTORY & PRESERVATION OF OUR MATERIAL CULTURE: “Why is it important to understand and preserve your family’s heirlooms?”  Include the history of your family heirloom(s) & attach a photo of the object(s) discussed.  If additional help is needed, student can interview select dealers at the Oct. 5-6, 2018 antiques show at Waukesha Expo to obtain more information about the object(s).  (See http://www.wisconsinantiquesdealers.com for show information.)

    • FOR HISTORICAL SITE VOLUNTEERS:  “Explain the important role of volunteers at historic sites or museums and their positive impact in preserving our local heritage.” (Documentation of volunteer hours at historic sites or museums must accompany this essay.)  


    • 2019-2020 Competition is open to all Waukesha County, Wisconsin public & private high school seniors.
    • Student must have plans to apply for admission to a university, community college or technical school located in Wisconsin.
    • Entries may be computer generated or hand written in English, on one side of 8-1/2” x 11” paper, 500 words or less.  Student may use as many pages as necessary.
    • Student must compose the essay without assistance from others, but may use reference materials.
    • If reference materials are used, a bibliography should be included.
    • Essay title, student’s name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and school should appear on page 1.
    • Sentence construction, punctuation usage, spelling, organization and neatness will be part of the judging process.
    • All entries must be authenticated by the student’s Guidance Office or by the Director of the museum or historical society for which they volunteer. Authentication would include a note on official school, museum or historical society letterhead or a seal embossed with the name of the school, museum or historical society.
    • All entries must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2019 and should be mailed to:

    Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
    c/o Debbie McArdle, Secretary
    6705 Connecticut Trail
    Crystal Lake, IL  60012-3125

    Application Information: CLICK HERE
    Application Deadline: NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR