Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships
It is through the considerable generosity of the Masonic Fraternity that MMC now provides 85 scholarship awards to worthy individuals in Minnesota, making the charitable organization one the of largest scholarships providers in the state. Minnesota Masonic Charities now offers Fraternal Scholarships! http://mnmasoniccharities.org/content/fraternal-scholarships
These scholarships are aimed to help Masons and Stars acquire supplemental training in order to be competitive in today’s job market, or enter a new field. Twenty (20) awards of up to $1,000 are offered annually to Members-in good-standing of a Minnesota Lodge or Order of the Eastern Star Chapter and are renewable for up to two years or $2,000.
Minnesota Masonic Charities offers four distinct scholarship awards for High School Seniors: http://mnmasoniccharities.org/content/scholarships-high-school-seniors
Five Signature Scholarships are awarded each year in the name of individuals who are strongly associated with the State of Minnesota through achievement or public service, and who were personally committed to the values of Masonry. Each merit-based scholarship is a $5,000 award, renewable for up to four years or $20,000. These awards are given to graduating high school seniors who can demonstrate a GPA of 3.8 or above.
The Legacy Scholarship awards are named after benefactors of MMC who have prioritized the pursuit of higher learning with their contributions. These merit-based scholarships are offered to ten Minnesota high school seniors who can demonstrate a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and offer $4,000 per year, renewable for up to four years or $16,000.
MMC provides 20 Heritage Scholarships to worthy Minnesota high school students with grade point averages of 3.0 to 3.59. Heritage Scholarships award $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years or $10,000
Minnesota high school seniors interested in entering vocational/technical schools to obtain an associates degree may apply for one of 20 Vocational Scholarships. These scholarship awards offer $1,000 per year, renewable for up to two years or $2,000.
This scholarship provides ten awards each year to college undergraduates who need funding assistance in their sophomore, junior and/or senior years. Undergraduate Scholarships help to keep students in school and on a path to success by providing $2,000 per year for up to three years (or $6,000) to students attending a 4-year institution.
Minnesota Masonic Charities Matching Scholarship Program
The Minnesota Masonic Charities Matching Scholarship program helps create positive community awareness of Minnesota Masonry and of the local Masonic Lodge or Order of the Eastern Star Chapter while providing worthy students with much needed financial assistance.
Minnesota Masonic Charities offers participation in the Matching Scholarship program to all Minnesota Masonic Lodges and Order of the Eastern Star Chapters. Many local community Lodges or Chapters administer their own scholarship programs. They then apply to MMC for matching funds for the scholarships they award in their community. If you would like to contact the local Lodge Secretary in your community to see if they offer scholarships and participate in this program,
Minnesota Masonic Charities matches the local Lodge or Chapter scholarships, up to the maximum matching award per Lodge or Chapter of $2,000. Every year over 115 Minnesota Masonic Lodges and Order of the Eastern Star Chapters participate in awarding to approximately 450 students over $300,000 through the Matching Scholarship program. Since 1992, over $3,000,000 has been awarded through the Matching Scholarship program!
Since 2011 the Minnesota Masonic Charities Matching Funds Scholarship program has been administered by Minnesota Masonic Charities (not through the Grand Lodge of Minnesota). Application information and deadline requirements may be obtained from the Scholarship Administrator for Minnesota Masonic Charities, Ms. Christa Buhl.