Believe in the goodness in thyself as well as in others.

Protect childhood with tenderness, old age with respect, cherish with reverence the memory of those who have passed.

Observe faithfully the golden rule.

Enjoy the good things of earth. Keep within thee the Glorious shine of youth and remain always of good cheer.


The Paulding Smith Memorial Scholarship
Jack Strong Lincoln Southeast HS

The Esther Smith Memorial Scholarship
Eben Kohtz Omaha Central

The Alex "Bud" Dietrich Memorial Scholarship
Tymber Long Bentley University

Gerry Crouch Scholarship
Ceelya Jurgens Norris HS

Exalted Ruler Legacy Scholarship - Female
Mariah Kitchen Lincoln Southwest HS

Exalted Ruler Legacy Scholarship - Male
Sydney Long U of N - Lincoln



Elks Lodge # 80 is happy to provide you with this scholarship opportunity.These scholarships were made available in large part due to the generosity of Paulding and Esther Smith, and are open to students whose sponsoring relative is an active member or deceased member of the Lincoln (NE) Elks Lodge #80.They are intended to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants who exhibit the core values of the Elks: Knowledge, Charity,Service to Community, and Integrity.Judging criteria will include the applicant's civic activity,leadership, leadership development, and academic success. Additionally, the applicant's honors and awards and will be considered.

  • The Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 Exalted Rulers Legacy Scholarships - $1,250
    • The Paulding Smith Memorial Scholarship - $2,250
    • The Esther Smith Memorial Scholarship - $2,250
    • The Alex "Bud" Dietrich Memorial Scholarship - $875
    • Gerry Crouch Scholarship - $800

    The following eligibility requirements apply to these scholarships:

    1. Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild) of a living member of the Lincoln Elks Lodge who has been active the past five (5) years, or a deceased lodge member who had been an active member of Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 for at least ten (10) consecutive years prior to his or her death.

    2. The applicant must be a high school graduate, or a high school senior who will graduate within 5 months from the date of this application.

    3. Applicants must be under the age of 25 by the date of this application.

    4. Applicant must apply through the Lincoln Elks Lodge, regardless of where the applicant resides.

    5. Students will submit one application to be considered for all six scholarships; however, they may only win one.

    6. These awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities.

    We require a Social Security number for our records. Make a photocopy of your application for your records. All applications become the property of Lincoln Elks Lodge #80.

    All completed applications must be received at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED - BE SURE TO CONSIDER MAILING TIME!

    Winners will be notified by mail, and will also be posted on the Legacy scholarship web page, by April 15, 2018. Winners are invited to be recognized at Youth Night ceremonies held at Southeast Community College Gym on the evening of Monday, May 07, 2018.

    When the Lodge is notified of official enrollment in school, or August 2018, whichever is later. The payment will be made directly to the student's account at the school of their choice. All 2018 scholarships must be claimed by August 31, 2019 or are forfeited.

    Questions must be submitted via email to the Scholarship Chairperson. Please do not call the Lodge.

    Application Download instructions:

    The entire application must be completed.

    1) Instructions

    2) Application

    The application may be completed as follows:

      a. Print, complete, sign and mail to:
          - or -

      Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
      c/o Scholarship Chairperson
      5910 S 58th St.
      Lincoln, NE 68516

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