As chairperson of the Nevada State Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, I have a message to share: scholarship money can change your life on the path to higher education. The Elks National Foundation will award a total of $2.44 million to this year’s finalists. Top awards range from $20,000 to $50,000 over four years. These top awards will be announced next year at the end of April. Four hundred and eighty runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.