The Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks is a fraternal service organization with more than 600 members in Marion. The Marion Lodge, the second in Ohio, was instituted in 1885 and recognizes former U.S. President Warren G. Harding as a member.
The Elks’ mission includes the promotion of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet community needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans. The Elks are committed to serving people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that “Elks care and Elks share.”
The Elks Scholarship at Marion Community Foundation was established in 2004 and grows annually with regular contributions from Lodge members. It makes awards to students from Marion and contiguous counties who are in the upper 40th percentile of their graduating class and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better. Recipients are determined based on an essay which demonstrates their understanding of the ideals and mission of the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks and a commitment to the social values embodied by members of the Elks.