The Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm for the Grand Lodge of Kansas, its 205 statewide Masonic Lodges and Kansas Masons, announce the award of 250 scholarships to Kansas students. The awards total nearly $200,000.
The scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,500, are awarded to graduating high school seniors and students already attending four- and two-year universities and college, including junior colleges and vocational and technical colleges, throughout the state.
"It is with great ride that we, as Masons, are able to provide this type of financial support to our future leaders," said Kansas Masonic Foundation President Rick Reichert. "Our commitment to the scholarship program — and to the numerous other programs that benefit Kansans and Kansas communities through the Foundation and the Masonic Lodges throughout the state — is at the core of our belief that charity beyond ourselves strengthens our community."
Over the more than 50 years of its existence, the Foundation, along with the Grand Lodge of Kansas, its 205 statewide lodges and almost 15,000 Kansas Masons, have given thousands of scholarships and millions of dollars to deserving students in Kansas.
"Whether it is this scholarship program, the more than $30 million that Kansas Masons have donated to the University of Kansas Cancer center, the $20 million that was recently committed as part of the Foundation's 50th anniversary, or any of the other worthwhile endeavors to help others that Masons are committed to do, our Fraternity provides significant charitable support to Kansas and throughout the world," said Grand Master of Masons in Kansas Dale Morrow.
Morrow also noted that more than $360 million has been raised annually be the American Masonic philanthropy alone.
The 250 scholarships will be presented to students by their local Masonic Lodge in April and May.
In Newton, students receiving scholarships are: Barrett Flickinger, $1,000; Eleanor St. Peter, $1,000; Zowie Butler, $500; Destiny Requa, $500; and Madison Rhodes, $500.