Illinois Grand Lodge and Scottish Rite Masons provide scholarships to help individuals better themselves through the pursuit of knowledge.
A scholarship, when granted, may continue for as long as the recipient is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college of university. However, it will be terminated at the end of the semester during which the recipient’s cumulative grade point average is not a “B” or higher. It may be terminated if the recipient changes academic institutions or his/her program without notification to the scholarship committee.
A scholarship recipient desiring to renew his/her scholarship for the ensuing year must forward to the scholarship chairman a letter of intent declaring his/her desire to continue as a scholarship recipient. This information must be submitted by March 1st and must be accompanied by the most recent transcript available. Once approved, scholarship checks will be forwarded to the student’s college or university to be credited to his/her account.
Scholarships Open to Masonic Family Members Only
Supreme Council Abbott Scholarship: A applicant must be a member of or directly related (bloodline or by legal means) to a Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Also eligible are a members of youth organizations sponsored by the Masonic fraternity in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. The recipient must be either an undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year. While all other scholarships require a B average, the Abbott has a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 grad scale. There is no restriction as to field of study, however the recipient must be an undergraduate student attending an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year.
Robert B. Perkins Scholarship: Masonic relationship is required. The applicant must have a father, grandfather, brother, or uncle who is (or was, if deceased) a member in good standing of an Illinois Scottish Rite Valley. There is no restriction regarding the recipient’s course of study.
Louis L. Williams Scholarship: Qualifications for the candidates are the same as the Robert B. Perkins Scholarship, with one exception; the applicant must attend the Illinois Wesleyan University of Bloomington. There is no restriction as to the field of study.
Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Illinois Scholarship: Masonic relations is required. The applicant must have a father or grandfather who is (or was a the time of his death) a member in good standing as an Illinois Master Mason. The applicant does not have to be a resident of Illinois.
Scholarships Open to the Public
Health Career Fields: Recipient must be enrolled in any health care field of study. For a list of approved health care career fields, click here.
Sherwood and Evelyn Kresin Scholarship: A candidate may be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in any academic field. Masonic relationship is not required.