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Whether on a national, state/provincial, or local level, Masonic support of educational goals is very strong. Here are just a couple of the hundreds of Masonic-related scholarship opportunities. Looking for scholarship funds? See the bottom of this page! This website does NOT offer scholarships so requests that we send you information will not be answered.
The Grand Lodge of Alberta
in the province of Alberta, Canada each year distributes
bursaries each year, given on the basis of need and not scholastic achievement.
All post-secondary school students in the province are elegible and they
distribute approximately $120,000 each year, by far the largest distribution of
bursaries in Alberta outside the government.
Thanks to Bro. Reg Reid of Patricia Lodge #91
GRA for this information.
The Grand Lodge of New York and its subordinate lodges granted 538 students scholarships for the 1998-1999 school year which represented 73% of those applying. The students will be studying every course from Accounting to Youth Ministry. We wish them all well.
The Maine DeMolay and Pine Tree Youth Foundation annually gives scholarships to graduating Maine high school students. In 2005, these scholarships totaled $14,000. The Foundation doesn't solicit donations outside of the Masonic fraternity yet the majority of scholarships are given to non-Masonic related youth.
There are SO many more that there's no way we could list them all. These are just a very small smattering of them.
If you or someone you know is looking for information about Masonic scholarships, start by asking someone at your local Masonic Lodge. They should know of any scholarship opportunities in both the lodge itself and in the Masonic District as well as at the Grand Lodge level. (If they don't know, they can put you in touch with someone who will.)
In addition, don't overlook scholarships made available by the 'appendant bodies' of Freemasonry: Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, York Rite, DeMolay, Rainbow, Job's Daughters, Triangles, Cedars of Lebanon, Shrine, and SO many others.
While some of these scholarships may be limited by the original donors to those who meet specific criteria (a member of a local school district, a graduating high school senior, someone pursuing a technical school education, or something else perhaps), others have no such limitations. Some scholarships require that an applicant be related in some way to the Masonic family or to the particular body which grants it but many are unrestricted: anyone can apply.
Regrettably, there is no central repository for information about Masonic and Masonic-related scholarships. Just as with other financial aid, however, a little bit of effort can yield great rewards.
Freemasonry wishes you the best in your continuing educational endeavors!
If you've gotten an email for a supposed Masonic scholarship that you've never applied for, it's BOGUS. Hit the delete button. This just isn't the way things are done. While some jurisdictions give schools the opportunity to name a recipient based on their specified criteria, notification of such an award would be in LETTER form, usually delivered to you by your school's Guidance Counselor. While Masons are now using e-mail for notifying members of meetings etc., we're not doing it for important things like scholarship awards - NOR do e-mails get sent to someone who's never applied. Still got questions or REALLY think this is real? Contact us and we'll explain why the one you've gotten really isn't. See this page for a graphic example!
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