Leon M. Abbott Scholarships provide financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic-related youth groups. Since 1951, more than $3 million has been awarded to students from each state of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. The Abbott Scholarships began with a portion of the legacy of the late Leon M. Abbott, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander from 1921-1932. Each year, nearly 400 scholarships are awarded to eligible and deserving students attending accredited colleges, universities, and specialty schools.
Eligibility requirements are as follows: A Scottish Rite Mason of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, a student directly related (bloodline or by legal means) to a Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, a Scottish Rite Mason, or a member of a youth organization sponsored by the Masonic fraternity in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction who is: a high school senior currently accepted at an accredited trade school who has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; a high school senior, or undergraduate, or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college or university.
Applicants should print the form, complete it, and mail it to the appropriate Valley secretary. Applicants should submit their application to the Valley of the sponsor of the applicant. Click here to download the Abbott Scholarship application. The deadline for applications is April 1.
Kathleen Castle Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Valley of Cincinnati also administers a scholarship program to benefit daughters and granddaughters of members (living or deceased) of the Order of Eastern Star. Eligible applicants must be the daughter or granddaughter of member of the Order of Eastern Star (living or deceased); be a graduate of a public or private secondary or preparatory school; provide a copy of grade transcripts and ACT or SAT scores; and provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Click here to download the Castle Scholarship application. The deadline for applications is April 1.
Grand Almoner’s Fund
Since 2009, when the more active Fund was introduced, our members have faced disasters of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other debilitating hardships, proving that this effort could not have come at a better time. As we look to the future, the fraternity must be prepared to fulfill this vision to care for our members and to meet the challenges that they face. The Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation seeks to raise at least $10,000,000 to be duly prepared to lend support to members as they face natural and other disasters. To commemorate the milestone of two centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry and to firmly recommit the fraternity to the values that defined its founding, Sovereign Grand Commander John Wm. McNaughton, 33º, has commissioned a special honor that will recognize its most generous Brothers. The Commander’s Circle will recognize supporters of the Grand Almoner’s Fund. Click here to learn more about the Grand Almoner’s Fund.
The National Heritage Museum & Library
The National Heritage Museum was founded by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States as a gift to the nation on our country’s bicentennial. Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, it houses one of the country’s finest collections of materials and artifacts related to the history of American Freemasonry and fraternalism. The Museum also collects decorative arts, documents, artifacts, photographs, and fine art related to American history.
Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. was established in 1994 to provide specialized tutoring to children who struggle with dyslexia. The one-on-one tutoring program enables them to read and write more effectively. Related services are provided without financial obligation to the children or their families. The Cincinnati area is home to two Children’s Dyslexia Centers campuses. One is located in downtown Cincinnati; the other in downtown Norwood. Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati is named in honor of Carl and Edyth Lindner.