In 1922, the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction inaugurated a college scholarship program with an initial appropriation from Supreme Council funds. In 1932, Illustrious Leon M. Abbott, 33, bequeathed additional funds to establish an Education and Charity Fund. The first Abbott scholarship was awarded in 1951. For many years, the scholarships were presented to journalism students at selected universities throughout the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
In 1984, it was voted to expand the scholarship program by awarding grants to children of Scottish Rite members and to young people active in the youth groups affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. In 1985-86, the first academic year, funds were allocated for 68 scholarships.
Those meeting any of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the 2018 Abbott Scholarship program for undergraduate studies:
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, a 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.
Individual applications must be submitted to the home valley which in turn will be submitted to state Councils of Deliberation and then on to Supreme Council. Please contact the Secretary, Kevin J. Buckley, Jr. 32 for information.