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Upcoming Events

New Year's Eve with the Elks!
New Year's Eve 2024
Umatilla, Florida
December 31, 2023


FSEA Soccer Shoot
FSEA State Soccer Shoot
Umatilla, Florida
January 6, 2024


FSEA February Quarterly
February Quarterly
Umatilla, Florida
February 8-10, 2024


Elks Hoop Shoot
State Hoop Shoot Championship
Umatilla, Florida
February 17, 2024


FSEA Officer Training
FSEA Officer Training
Orlando, Florida
March 15-17, 2024


Florida Elks State Golf Tournament
State Golf Tournament
Sebring, Florida
April 6-7, 2024


FLOE Ladies Retreat
FLOE Ladies Weekend
Umatilla, Florida
April 12-14, 2024


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Honoring Our Veterans

“So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

Army of Hope

Since 1917, the Elks have demonstrated its compassion for Veterans through numerous programs and activities.

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D-Day Parade

Join us as we honor our greatest generation at the Commemoration of the Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.

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Parade of Heroes

Special tribute to our our Veterans from WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars in Washington D.C..

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C Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship

Our Mission

The mission of the Florida State Elks Association C. Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship is to provide financial support for the educational needs of Florida high school seniors without which they would not be able to achieve their educational goals.

The scholarship targets students who have a 2.30 - 3.59 unweighted GPA. These students have demonstrated leadership through participation in school activities, community service, and citizenship. Consideration is given to those students who have shouldered extra responsibility such as working throughout their high school careers to help provide support of siblings or family.

Please direct all questions about the C. Valentine Bates HOPE Scholarship to
Joseph D. "Joe" Pepe, PDD, at

The 2024 application period opens August 1, 2023
with applications due by January 12, 2024





To be eligible to apply for a scholarship award from the C. Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a student in the graduating class of a high school or its related equivalent.
  2. Seniors graduating at semester (December) must apply during the application year before they graduate.
  3. Be a resident of the state of Florida.
  4. Be a United States citizen.

Students Targeted:

The C. Valentine Bates Memorial HOPE Scholarship is open to students who have maintained an un-weighted GPA of 2.30 to 3.59. Students with an un-weighted GPA above 3.59 cannot apply. We are looking for students who have demonstrated leadership through participation in school activities, community service, and citizenship. Special consideration is given to those students who have shouldered extra responsibility such as working throughout their high school career to help provide support for siblings or family.


Boys and girls will compete for identical awards.

Awards and Amounts:

Annually, the Florida State Elks Association (FSEA) will offer scholarships to deserving graduating senior applicants in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 per recipient. These scholarships are funded by grants from the Elks National Foundation and fundraising campaigns by Florida Elks Charities with total funding expected to be about $106,000 per year. At no time will total annual scholarships exceed funds that have been received for that year.


The following Merit Standards will prevail:

Financial Need  600 points
Scholarship 400 points
Employment 150 points
Leadership 100 points
Essay 100 points
Community Service 50 points
Honors and Awards 50 points
Extracurricular 50 points

The Scholarship:

The scholarship is presented with the understanding that the recipient will enroll in a 4-year undergraduate program of study at an accredited American college or university, a junior college, an accredited vocational/technical training program, or enter a First Responders’ Academy. Upon receipt of verification of enrollment and proof of class attendance from the proper school officials, the FSEA will issue a check in the amount of the award which will be forwarded to the college, university, or community college to establish a credit in the name of the recipient.

Restrictions on Use of Scholarship:

There is no restriction for the use of the scholarship. It may be utilized for tuition, books, lab fees, tutoring, room & board, transportation, food, uniforms, etc.

Unacceptable Conduct:

All scholarship recipients are expected to be good citizens of their community. These principles of law and order and morality are supported by the Order of the Elks. Therefore, unexpended credit is subject to withdrawal by the FSEA if the conduct of the student is contrary to these principles.

Applications Become Property of the FSEA:

After completing this application, please save a copy for your records. All applications become the property of the Florida State Elks Association.

Award Distribution:

Scholarship funds must be disbursed within two years of award decision.