At Minnesota Masonic Charities, few events are as highly anticipated as the Scholarships Reception. Annually, the recipients of Minnesota Masonic Charities scholarships gather with the program’s selection committee, MMC board members, family and friends to celebrate their achievement. In essence, it is a magical evening that brings together those who are leaving a legacy with those who are building one.
This year’s reception was particularly charmed because it was the first held at the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. Throughout the evening, Masonic Scholars and their families were able to tour the Center and its Masonic Museum and Lodge Room, providing those new to Freemasonry a finer appreciation of the Fraternity and its impact.
Kicking off the awards presentation in the Gideon S. Ives Auditorium, 2016 Signature Scholar Lucas Abbott welcomed the new class of Masonic Scholars and offered sage advice about taking full advantage of the opportunities in college that their scholarship award provides.
The Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships Program is open to high school seniors and undergraduates who graduated from a Minnesota high school and offers significant awards that may be renewed annually. In total, 95 awards of approximately $1 million are provided each year, making MMC one of the largest scholarship grant makers in the state. Applications are accepted beginning November 1 and running through February 15.
For more information regarding MMC’s Scholarships Program, visit MnMasonicCharities.org. To get on the mailing list for scholarship announcements, contact us at Kelly.Johns@mnmasonic.org. See more photos from this year’s scholarships reception on our Facebook page.