In many ways, the measure of an individual’s character rests in his service to humanity. Freemasonry and its allied organizations have long been recognized for the character and scope of their benevolences. Scottish Rite Masons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction have always felt a deep sense of responsibility to the improvement of the world we live in. A deep sense of pride can be felt in being part of a fraternity which serves human needs, builds character, patriotism, and fosters educational excellence through three separate benevolences for the benefit for all mankind.
Supreme Council Charities include the Scottish rite Masonic Museum of Our National Heritage, the Scottish Rite Schizophrenia Research Program, and the Scottish Rite Abbott Scholarship program.
Located in Lexington MA, the Museum and Library of our National Heritage opened in 1975 as a Masonic contribution to the observance of our nation’s Bicentennial. It is dedicated to portraying the values and ideals of those who built this great country by offering study ideas and research materials for visitors from around the world and stands as our expression of patriotic commitment. The National Heritage Museum is recognized as one of the finest contemporary museums in the nation.
Since 1934, Scottish Rite Masons have led the fight against mental illness through the prestigious Schizophrenia Research Program. Fellowships are presented to post-graduate students preparing dissertations in field pertinent to discovering a cure for schizophrenia. A select group of universities throughout the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction choose the recipients each year to award research grants to distinguished scientists as they work to find the answers to the underlying cause of this mental illness.
The Scottish Rite Fraternity is committed to assisting deserving young men and women in furthering their education. Scholarships are awarded annually through each of the 15 states of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
The newest charity was established in 1994 to provide dyslexic children with specialized one-on-one tutoring to enable them to cope with their deficit in reading and writing. Students are accepted into the program at no charge. There are 58 Learning Centers established within the Northern Masonic jurisdiction, many of which are located in a Scottish Rite Valley building.
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