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COLUMBIA – The Grand Lodge AF & AM of Missouri has awarded sixteen Masonic Scholarships to students throughout our great state. Among those, Lacey Tucker of Ava is one of the recipients and has received a four-year scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.
Among the standard criteria for scholarships, the Samuels Smith Scholarship for general study and Ruth Lutes Bachman Scholarship awarded to students studying nursing and education, Merit Masonic Scholarship are awarded only to graduates of a Missouri high school or Missouri accredited home schooling program. Additionally, graduates of a Missouri two-year program and certified technological and trade schools are also considered.
On the average of 750 applications are received each year and are reviewed by a specialized committee that, no matter how much money is being awarded, always wish there was more to go around.
Freemasonry is a charitable fraternal organization that has played an important role in the lives of some of our most notable citizens, including fourteen United States Presidents were also Masons, among them President Harry S Truman, most prominent to Missourians because of his Missouri roots. Missouri Freemasonry looks to Missouri’s youth to carry forth the efforts of our forefathers, and by contributing to their education, we are securing a foundation for these future leaders of our country, and empowering all to succeed.