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 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 an in-state technical or community college.
Beginning in 2018, applications will be accepted from December 1, 2017 through March 15th, 2018.
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.