Criteria for SM Elks Student of Month and Year, 2017 – 2018
Student of Month provides an opportunity for local high school seniors to apply for one of fourteen local scholarships offered by the Santa Maria Elks #1538 Lodge. Each year from September to April, seniors fill out a nomination form and submit this application with a resume and photo to the local Elks Lodge Scholarship Committee. (These forms and the criteria for acceptance are available from the counselors and/or career technicians at all SM Valley high school sites.) The nomination form and the criteria for selection sheet are both included on this web site.
These application packets are due in the #1538 Lodge Office by 4:00 pm on the 15th of each month, Sept. to April. Once collected, the packets are read by three separate readers who serve on the Student of Month committee(SOM), each of whom selects two candidates for scholarships each month. From these selections, the final determination is made and the two finalists for the month are notified they will be honored at a dinner, with their parents, at a local restaurant. Afterward, we will meet back at the Lodge on N. Bradley where a short ceremony will be held in the Lodge Room where the Exalted Ruler will present them with a check and a certificate of recognition.
All funds for these monthly scholarships are raised locally, much of them by our own Bingo Crew. Each year the first week of May a committee of five judges, who are Lodge members from various professions, review all fourteen packets and select one boy and one girl to represent the entire group as Students of the Year (SOY). At this banquet, all former recipients receive an additional check for $500 – $700 while the two SOY receive $1200 – $1700 and go on to District consideration.
In 2016, the Past Exalted Rulers (PERs) Committee founded a scholarship specifically for Delta High School. Two students, selected by the staff and counselors at the school, will receive $500 to assist them with their schooling and/or training. The PERs raise these funds themselves.
Feel free to email or text me with any questions. And best wishes for your success
Andree (Andy) Licoscos,
The score for the overall packet total 100 points are distributed as follows:
(40 pts) Community Activities—all volunteer and altruistic work which you perform in the community (other than school, paid employment, and household chores). Be certain to include the service hours! (Remember: Volunteerism is the basis of the Elks’ beliefs.)
(35 pts) School Activities—clubs, sports, and committees. Should include a diverse selection which demonstrates a wide variety of choices on your part. Be certain to include offices, leadership roles, and show how you involved other than membership.
(25 pts) GPA—though academics show effort and commitment, Elks rely on the principal of “volunteerism” and community service, this your grades serve as 25% of your overall score. The committee uses the weighted grade 10 – 12 GPA and looks at the AP classes taken as well. (Be aware many applicants have a 4.1 – 4.6 GPA but this should not deter anyone: remember the committee values service above all.)