Albertus & Eleanor Van Duren Scholarships
This scholarship fund is a program of the Florida Elks Youth Camp and the Florida State Elks Association.
The fund provides scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 per year to graduating high school/home school seniors who are planning to attend college and to students currently enrolled in an accredited American college, university or community college.
To be eligible you must have served as an employee of the Florida Elks Youth Camp Summer Camp program for at least one season prior to submitting an application. If awarded the scholarship, you will only receive that award the fall semester AFTER your second summer of work.
The scholarship winners will be notified shortly after the selection committee meets in February and the top winners will be asked to attend the State Convention of the Florida State Elks Association at the Orlando Marriott World Center to receive their award certificates.

Please contact me if you have any questions or require further assistance.


Carl Seibert, Administrator
Florida State Elks Association

The 2024 academic year application is open September 1, 2023. Applications are due January 12, 2024



To be eligible to apply for a scholarship award from the Albertus “Boots” & Eleanor Van Duren Memorial Scholarship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a student in the graduating class of a high school or its related equivalent, or a student currently enrolled in an accredited American college, university, or community college.

  2. Be a resident of the state of Florida.

  3. Have served as an employee of the Florida Elks Youth Camp summer camp program for one season and been hired for a second season. These two seasons do not need to be consecutive, but applicant cannot apply unless they have been hired for a second season.

  4. On a grading scale of 1.0 to 4.0, applicant must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. If the applicant does not have a 3.0 GPA but feels that they will have prior to the awarding of funds in February, they should still apply in a timely fashion and include a written explanation as to how they plan on achieving the 3.0 GPA.


Boys and girls will compete for identical awards.

Number of Awards and Amounts:

Annually, the Florida State Elks Association (FSEA) will offer scholarships, valued at up to $5,000 per recipient, to any accredited American college, university, or community college. These scholarships are funded by income derived from the “Van Duren Trust” with total funding expected to be approximately $50,000 per year. At no time will total annual scholarships awarded exceed funds that have been made available from the “Trust”.

Judging Criteria:

Scholarship, Performance Evaluation, Leadership and Financial Need are the criteria by which applicants will be judged. Students of outstanding merit have the best chance to win our awards. Experience indicates that students with a scholarship rating of 90% or better, a relative standing in the upper 10% of their class, who have received an acceptable evaluation for their summer camp performance at our Youth Camp and who have exhibited leadership ability, generally qualify in the group given final consideration.


The following Merit Standards will prevail:

Scholarship  400 points
FEYC Summer Camp Performance Evaluation 300 points
Leadership 200 points
Financial Need 100 points 100 points