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
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 a son/daughter to be eligible.
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 an in-state technical or community college.
Applications are only accepted from January 1st through March 31st.
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:
Foundation values of Freemasonry include charity, relief and service to mankind. How does your personal involvement in serving others parallel how Freemasons have benefited our community, nation or world?
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.