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Elks Foundation to award 500 scholarships

In an effort to alleviate the financial burden of escalating college costs, the Elks Foundation has launched a Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest.

This year, the Elks will award $2.296 million to 500 students. Awards to the 18 top winners will range from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships over four years.

The scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females will compete separately and will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Completed applications must be turned in to the applicant’s nearest Elks Lodge no later than Nov. 2. National finalists will be required to submit a secondary application. The 500 national winners will be announced by April 1.

Contest details and applications are available at Elks lodges, local high schools and at

Retired Educators will host luncheon

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association will host its Holiday Luncheon at the Quality Inn, Route 37 west, Toms River, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Members and their guests will be treated to food, entertainment and prizes throughout the afternoon at a cost of $23 per person. The reservation deadline is Nov. 23. Details: