Masonic Scholarship Essay

Early in our nation's history, when illiteracy was the norm and the people were mostly agrarian laborers, there were no public institutions dedicated to improving the education of people and providing a solid future for coming generations. Freemasonry led the way during those ages in developing a competent working class capable of independent thought and action. Masons of previous generations worked tirelessly to establish new schools, and to enhance public knowledge and educational opportunities. One such example is Brother Benjamin Franklin and the University of Pennsylvania.

We, as Masons, elect to assist those engaged in this process of attaining knowledge to make a significant impact on future generations. We do this by supporting public education and championing the cause of our public school systems. To accomplish these goals in Florida, the Grand Master appoints a Committee on Public Education and Citizenship, which serves to promote and aid students of our public school system. Specifically, the Grand Lodge of Florida offers all graduating High School seniors the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship that may be used at any State of Florida supported Institution.

All Graduating High School Seniors in the State of Florida who will be attending a STATE OF FLORIDA SUPPORTED INSTITUTION (college, university, community college, technical college, or other such institution of higher education governed by the Florida State Board of Regents or the Florida Department of Education) during the following term (semester or quarter). The applicant must enter the school within one semester/quarter (excluding summer sessions) after having been awarded the scholarship.

An essay of no less than 1,000 words or more than 1,250 words on the topic “Why Education is Important” and a completed Scholarship Application form. All work must be original and the essay becomes the property of The Grand Lodge of Florida.

January 20, 2018, is the deadline for submission. The application and essay must be received by the State Chairman no later than midnight on January 20, 2018. Any applications and essays received after that date will be returned.

If you would like to participate, please download detailed information and all required forms below. Any questions concerning this scholarship award opportunity must be directed to the Grand Lodge of Florida.


In general, Virginia Freemasons are committed to high standards of excellence, and part of this commitment is carried out by The Scholarship Fund, Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of Virginia. It operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a Virginia Corporation licensed by the State Corporation Commission.

Its purpose is to provide scholarships, fellowships and other forms of financial assistance to deserving men and women from the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Scholarship recipients are deserving men and women, residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are selected on the following basis:

MERIT includes academic achievement, class rank, standardized test scores, participation in high school, church or synagogue activities, as well as the quality of application essays.

NEED is determined by the applicant’s financial status. The financial evaluation will include a review of the family’s adjusted gross income, checking and savings accounts, stocks and securities, equity in land and real estate holdings, etc. This evaluation helps to determine the applicant’s ability to obtain assistance from financial institutions.

Application – Requests (Click on the link below to send an e-mail, or you can print a version of the application by clicking on the PDF version link shown below, as well.)

Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of Virginia
4115 Nine Mile Road
Richmond, Virginia 23223-4926

Application – Deadline

Deadline for returning completed applications is MARCH 1ST.


The members of the Board of Directors review applications and award scholarships up to $1,000 each. These are renewable for four years depending upon the availability of funds and satisfactory academic performance and continuing need.

Annual Fundraiser – The Ian McLaurin Shipley, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament

Calling all Golfers!!  The Ian McLaurin Shipley, Jr., Memorial Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for our Grand Lodge Scholarship Program and is held annually, usually in April. You don’t have to be a golfer to make a contribution to this worthy charity — there is a need not only for hole sponsors, but we need gifts of golf balls and equipment, household items, tools, snacks and anything of value to give away. Every sponsor WILL be acknowledged. This is a great way to get the good name of a business involved with our history and our youth! If you have any questions, please contact the Brother shown on the brochure linked above.  To fill out the form on your computer, please download the form first.

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