Kansas Masonic Lodge Essay Contest 2016

Kansas Masonic Scholarships

In 2013, the Kansas Masonic Foundation Board of Trustees voted to award almost $250,000, annually, to college students and residents. This fund has grown to almost $400,000 annually. Going forward, the KMF will offer four scholarships:

General Scholarship ($1,000)

The General Scholarship is available to all Kansas residents who elect to attend one of the seven identified universities/colleges:

Emporia State University
Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University
Pittsburg State University
University of Kansas
Washburn University
Wichita State University

Legacy Scholarship ($1,000)

The Legacy Scholarship is available, as the name suggests, to the legacy of a Kansas Mason.  The student must be one of the following to be eligible:

  • A Kansas Mason
  • Son or Daughter of a Kansas Mason
  • Member of DeMolay International for at least 2 years
  • Member of International Order of Rainbow Girls for at least 2 years
  • Member of Job’s Daughter International for at least 2 years

Cynthia Ruth Russell Scholarship ($5,000)

The Cynthia Ruth Russell Scholarship is available to all Kansas residents who have a medically approved disability.

Technical and Community College Scholarship ($500)

The Technical and Community College Scholarship is available to all Kansas residents who are seeking an Associates degree and attend one of the in-state technical or community colleges in Kansas.

Allen Community College
Barton Community College
Butler Community College
Cloud County Community College
Coffeyville Community College
Colby Community College
Cowley Community College
Dodge City Community College
Flint Hills Technical College
Fort Scott Community College
Garden City Community College
Highland Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Independence Community College
Johnson County Community College
Kansas City Community College
Labette Community College
Manhattan Area Technical College
Neosho Community College
North Central Kansas Technical College
Northwest Kansas Technical College
Pratt County Community College
Salina Area Technical College
Seward County Community College
Washburn Institute of Technology
Wichita Area Technical College

All applications are renewable.  However, you MUST reapply each year to be eligible.

Applications will now be accepted from December 1st through March 15th.

2018 Scholarship Brochure

2018 Scholarship Application

Kansas Masonic Essay Contest

Each year, the Masonic Public School Essay Contest donates $12,000 to deserving high school students. $4,000 is awarded for the best essay.

2017 Essay Contest Question:
Kansas Masons have served Kansans and Kansas communities since 1856.  In 2016, six new partnerships were initiated to enhance the lives of our citizens:

  • Kansas Masonic Adult Speech, Language and Hearing Services Partnership
  • Kansas Mason Pride Communities of Excellence Partnership
  • Kansas Masonic Entrepreneurship Challenge Partnership
  • Kansas Masonic Literacy Center Partnership
  • Kansas Masonic Cancer Alliance Partnership
  • Kansas Masonic Military Affairs Partnership

Select one of these programs and explain how it benefits you and/or your community.


Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band (East-West Shrine Bowl)

Celebrating Students, Music and the Shrine Bowl

Since 1984, The Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band has been a continuous and positive presence at the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl. The concept of this band, and its related camp, were designed to fill a void at the summer Shrine Bowl, when most high school bands weren’t available.

The band camp is held in late July at various Universities which rotates from year to year. Annually, a total of 180 to 250 of Kansas’ best high school musicians are showcased, which includes pre-game and halftime performances. The band also performs before the Shrine Bowl Banquet on the Friday night prior to the game, and at a downtown parade the following morning.
Camp fees are sponsored by various Masonic Organizations throughout the state. All proceeds are used to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In addition, every year the Kansas Masonic Foundation also offers The Outstanding Musician Award ($1,500 Scholarship), The Jeff Atherly Inspirational Award ($1,000 Scholarship) and The Masonic Pride Award ($500 Scholarship) to a band camp student.



www.uncf.org – United Negro College Fund
www.HSF.net – Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.IEFA.org – International Education for Financial Aid
www.maldef.org – Mexican – American legal defense fund
www.aises.org – American Indian Science and Engineering
www.chci.org – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
www.nacufs.org – National Assoc. of College & Univ. Food Services
www.gmsp.org – Gates Millennium Scholars
www.nsbe.org – National Society of Black Engineers
www.chemistry.org – American Chemical Society

www.womeninautocare.org - Women in Auto Care

www.bestcolleges.com – Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students





www.imfirst.org Students who are the first in their families to go to college are invited to check out the website I Am First for many great opportunities to connect with other first generation students, hear about colleges looking for first generation students, and to even potentially earn scholarships.



Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. (November 15 application deadline.)

George Washington Heath Resource Center. Online clearinghouse and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.


Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities.




US Bank Scholarship Program

Check the following sources to verify the legitimacy of any financial aid consultants or search services you may use or hire and for tips on avoiding scholarship scams:

U.S. Department of Education: www.studentaid.ed.gov
Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov
Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.com

HORATION ALGER ASSOCIATION - various scholarships w/ various deadlines




Scholarships available through the American Legion are: National High School Oratorical Contest ● Hobble (LPN) Nursing Scholarship ● Hugh A. Smith Scholarship ● Ted andNora Anderson Scholarships ● Albert M. Lappin Scholarships ● Music Committee Scholarship ● Rosedale Post 346Scholarship ● Charles and Annette Hill Scholarship ● Scouting Scholarship ● Shooting Sports Scholarship ● Dr. “Click”Cowger Baseball Scholarship ● Paul Flaherty Athletic Scholarship ● Legacy Scholarship
Check with your local American Legion Post for eligibility.



Oct. 6  AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. The AES Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study; therefore, recipients are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible. http://aesengineers.com/scholarships.php

Oct. 25  The Horation Alger Scholarship need-based scholarship. To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a full-time high school student in the US with plans to enter college no later than the fall following graduation.  Go to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/to apply online.

Oct. 27  Newcomer Funeral Service Group is committed to excellence in funeral service education. We annually award $25,000 in scholarships to mortuary science students who demonstrate our core values of Excellence, Trust, Care and Growth. The Mortuary Science Scholarship is open to all students enrolled in a mortuary science program during the 2017-2018 school year or high school seniors who intend to enroll in a mortuary science course of study. Apply online at http://www.nfsgi.com/Home/Scholarships

Oct. 31  The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communites. Apply online at http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/

Oct. 31  George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to students in grades 1-12, including home-schooled students. Student must submit a piece of art on a given topic related North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped. Go to https://artcontest.nra.org/to apply online.

Oct. 31  Finally, a scholarship for zombie fans, creative writers can hone their survival tactics and imagine what their school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse. Our Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee wants to know your plan to avoid the zombies, where you’d hide, and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive. To learn more and apply, visit Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship.

Nov. 1 K-State Wabash CannonBall Scholarship (55) $2500 scholarships will be given! Must have been admitted and completed your app by Nov 1; minimum GPA of 3.25 Go towww.K-State.com/WabashScholarshipKC to apply online.

Nov. 1  The Self Program is intent on identifying and nurturing engineering and computer science students with strong leadership and achievement qualities and who have a desire to orchestrate innovation in business and industry during their careers. Students chosen for the program should demonstrate key attributes that relate to successful leadership. The SELF Program will recruit, select and financially support students at the University of Kansas and administer to them an ongoing four-year personal development program that leads to a continuing supply of exceptional graduates at the bachelor of science level. For more information and to apply, visit https://engr.ku.edu/self

Nov. 1  Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. It is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions. For more information and to hear a former winner’s speech, visit https://www.vfw.org/VOD/?Action=SkipLogin&cookieCheck=true

Nov. 1  The Kansas Masonic Lodge is sponsoring an essay contest. Winners of the scholarship can earn anywhere from a $500-$4000 scholarship. The topic is: How does your personal involvement in serving others make a positive impact, whether in your community, your nation, or your world? The contest rules are: the essay must be at least 300 words and no more than 500 words. The essay must be typewritten, double-spaced, with work cited, on standard 8-1/2X11 paper with a 12 point Arial font. The original essay must be submitted to the students’ local lodge by November 1 (see http://kansasmasonic.foundation/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Essay-Contest-2017.pdf for a list of locations and contest rules). No reference to the essay, student's name, town or school should appear anywhere in the body of the essay. This scholarship can only be applied to a Kansas college.  *For other Kansas Masonic Lodge scholarships, please visit http://kansasmasonic.foundation/program/kansas-masonic-foundation-scholarships/ 

Nov. 7  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. It also aims to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. To apply, go to https://spirit.prudential.com/

Nov. 8  The SchoolHouse Connection (SHC) Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program provides scholarships and support to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.  This year, SHC will offer at least ten scholarships of $2,000 each; travel and expenses paid for all recipients to a national awards ceremony; and travel and expenses paid to a second gathering in Washington DC, two years after the initial scholarship award. 

Nov. 27  Elks National Foundation, Most Valuable Student scholarship:www.elks.org

Nov. 28 or until 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first  The Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities awards up to $2,500 renewable scholarships for full-time students and up to $1,250 renewable scholarships for half-time students.

Dec. 31  Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.
ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition.
Students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT and who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application. All questions may be directed to ccrc@act.org. 

Dec. 31 The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school sophomore, juniors, and seniors interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. It is ideal for students who can express in written format a link between current events and that of the American Revolution. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. To apply, go to George and Stella Knight Essay Contest

Jan. 4  High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2018 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are availableonline.

Jan. 5  The Hixson Opportunity Award was established by Christina Hixon to provide an opportunity for students to attend KU who would otherwise not be able to because of significant personal challenges and financial hardship. Awards are renewable for four years. Hixson Scholars engage in advising, tutoring, workshops, peer mentoring, and community service. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Hixson Opportunity Awards are available to 10 entering freshmen attending KU who are residents of the state of Kansas. 

 Jan. 19  Applications are now available for the Kansas State Department of Education Association of Educational Office Professionals (KSDE AEOP) Margaret Van Horn Scholarship.  Each year the association offers a scholarship to a Kansas student.  The scholarship program is open to current Kansas High School, College, and/or Technical School students.  Applicant must intend to continue his/her education in an education or business-related program. The application can be found at http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=4704

Jan. 31  The Harry Hart Memorial Scholarships are named in honor of long-time KAEA member Harry Hart who passed away in 2009.  The Kansas Art Education Association gives TWO $500.00 scholarships each year which are paid directly to the Institutes of Higher Learning chosen by the winning student.  Visit http://www.kaea.com/p/harry-hart.html to apply.


Feb. 1, 2017 KCLSA Scholarship (association for legal professionals) will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership ability and need. The scholarship award may be granted to any qualified applicant with special emphasis on those whose work is of a legal nature. Only students interested in the legal field should apply. http://kclsa.net/scholarship.php

Feb. 1  The Cleland Scholarship was established to help eliminate hatred, violence, and bigotry against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons. The scholarship provides financing for the college education of incoming freshman at KU who have experienced discrimination, bullying, and/or violence based on the belief, real or perceived, that said students are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender; or for students who have exhibited support for GLBT persons. To apply, go to http://affordability.ku.edu/scholarships/jlcleland

Feb. 15   A minimum of 12 community Westar Energy/Haines Weber Scholarships will be awarded to 12 high school graduates who wish to pursue an associate degree in electric power and distribution, power plant technology, industrial technology or other industry-related degrees in Kansas.  To apply, visithttps://www.westarenergy.com/scholarship-opportunities

March 1   At Tortoise, we are proud of our entrepreneurial culture and want to help support tomorrow's entrepreneurs in their endeavors. The Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship seeks to award students who have typically started their own business or have drafted a detailed business plan.  Visit http://www.tortoiseadvisors.com/scholarship/ to apply.

March 9   The annual BBB Student of Integrity Awards program is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation. These scholarships were established to honor the memory of Mr. Scott Mecham who served as BBB president from 1991 until January 2006. Students who exemplify ethical behavior and personal integrity and who demonstrate humility, courage, compassion and respect for their peers, teachers and community are encouraged to apply.  You must be nominated by your principal, counselor or a teacher.  Go to BBB Student of Integrity Award Scholarship  to learn more and to apply.

March 11   The Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas program for Kansas residents who qualify for a Pell Grant and gives preference to first generation and underrepresented students. This program believes in the Midwestern values of humility, hard work and integrity that make this state and its people great. It is a competitive, 4-year award designed to pay any remaining costs associated with tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board after accounting for all other grants, scholarships and financial awards. It can be applied only towards studies at either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, or Wichita State University for full-time students in pursuit of an undergraduate degree provided a student maintains the renewal criteria. https://www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships

March 15   The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships (1,020 scholarships up to $2,500 each) are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. The application will OPEN online March 15 for students enrolling in Fall 2018. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/

March 27  The Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC), the State Bank Commissioner (OSBC) and the Kansas Insurance Department have partnered this year to award five scholarships, Kansas Financial Scholarships, in the amount of $2500, $2000, $1500, $1000, and $500 to five eligible Kansas Seniors. Up to $1000 in honorable mention awards may also been issued. Apply at http://www.ksc.ks.gov/EssayContest

March 31  Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. To learn more and apply, visit Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.  Note: There are multiple deadlines with this scholarship.

March 31  The Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund occurred in October 2001 and is amed in honor of Janice Marie Scottt to recognize her involvement with various youth programs and community service activities within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, DC. Janice was one of 125 individuals that perished in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building of the Pentagon. Eligible high school seniors must meet the following criteria: Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US, have at least a 3.0 GPA and who will attend a four-year university or college; student must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community services or other extra curricular activities; combined income of parents cannot exceed $50,000.  To apply go to https://jmscottmemorialfund.org/


April 1  The Glenn Lygrisse/KACRAO Scholarship (Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officials) is to reward and encourage students who have demonstrated quality leadership during their high school years.  There are four $500 awards available each academic year, which may be used at KACRAO member institutions. Eligibility: High school senior, have a seventh semester cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.00 scale. To apply, visithttp://www.kacrao.org/kacrao-scholarship


April 2  The Kansas Seed Industry Association wants to help out future Ag professionals. Are you a student looking to attend a college in Kansas? Are you pursuing a degree in Agronomy, Ag Education, Ag Econ/Business, Ag Communications, Grain/Milling Science, Ag Technology, Ag Farm Management, or Horticulture? If you answered “Yes!” and “Yes!”  then you are eligible to get a scholarship from KSIA. Applications are due in the KSIA office by 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018. Two lucky winners will be chosen.  To apply, visit http://kansasseed.net/


April 15  In remembrance of one of the Kansas Association of Mappers’ (KAM) most respected members, the John Cowan Memorial Scholarship was created for the purpose of assisting students of higher learning in their pursuit of a geographic-based education. John was passionate and outgoing about the importance of geographic knowledge, and this scholarship seeks to symbolically carry on John’s passion by providing financial assistance to those with a desire for a higher education in geography.  To apply, go to https://www.kansasmappers.org/JCM


April 23  Kansas Crime Stoppers Association Scholarship.  To apply, visit  Kansas Crime Stoppers Scholarship


May 1  Recipients of the Tip Top Tux Scholarship are chosen based on academic achievement, eatracurricular activities, financial need and volunteer service in their community. Go to https://www.tttuxprom.com/scholarships/for more information and to apply.


May 22  Available to high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently registered in any post secondary institution, students who apply for the B. Davis Scholarship must write an essay of less than 1000 words on the following topic: "Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel they are developed in an indivicual."  Your submission must be sent by email to: awards@studentawardsearch.com.  Visit http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htmand then click on the Scholarships link in the upper right corner. 


June 1  For students entering craft training or technical programs, The AGC Education and Research Foundation is happy to announce that thanks to a generous contribution from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and its Build Your Future initiative, the first Build Your Future Scholarships were awarded to nineteen applicants in the summer of 2015. The criteria to apply for this scholarship outlines eligibility. Applications for 2018 will be accepted starting March 1st until June 1st. 







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