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Catskill Elks announce scholarship and contest

September 10, 2018 11:47 am

Scholarship programs

CATSKILL — Catskill Elks Lodge 1341 announces the 2019 scholarship programs for local High School seniors:

The Catskill Elks Lodge 1341 invites eligible High School seniors to apply for The Elks National Foundation’s scholarships:

Most Valuable Student: applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need; deadline for submission is Nov. 15. Apply online only at

Legacy Awards: children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elks are welcome to apply. Applications are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation (Knowledge, Charity, Community Service and Integrity) and are intended to foster a stronger relationship between the award recipient and the Elks organization. Deadline for submission is Feb. 1, 2019. Apply online only at

These scholarships are awarded to 500 (MVS) and 300 (Legacy) students, total monies exceeding 3.6 million dollars nationwide.

Catskill Elks Lodge Scholarship Chair is Past Exalted Ruler Charlie Cinatti, 518-291-3146;

Americanism Essay Contest

CATSKILL — The Catskill Elks Lodge 1341 announces the 2018-19 Americanism Essay Contest, open to all Greene County school district students in Grades 5th through 8th.

The BPOE Elks organization sponsors an Americanism Essay contest every year in an effort to promote patriotism among our youth, while at the same time focusing attention on the principles of the Elks organization.

This year’s theme is “What Makes You Proud of America.” All elementary schools within Greene County have received materials on this contest, including guidelines and cover sheets that must accompany each essay.

Deadline for submission of essays to the Catskill Elks Lodge is Dec. 15. Judging will be done at the local level for two divisions (Division I for 5th & 6th grades; Division II for 7th & 8th grades).

Winners at the local level will be advanced to the district level; from there, winners will go on to the state and then national levels. The first place winner in each division at the local level will also be awarded a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble, courtesy of the Catskill Lodge. Interested students in grades 5th through 8th should contact their school administration for more details.

Catskill Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Contest Chair is Debbi Traficante, 518-622-8384;