MINNEAPOLIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) has added more scholarship opportunities to its 2014 Scholarships Program with the goal of providing $1 million in annual funding to Minnesota students by 2018.
“Education has always been a high priority for Masonry, and we’re proud to be able to offer more to more people.”
The charitable arm of Minnesota Masonry announced the expansion today to kick off its 2014 scholarships season, which runs from November 1, 2013 to February 15, 2014. In 2014, MMC will offer 85 awards totaling nearly $750,000 and adding three new categories: Vocational, Undergraduate and Fraternal scholarships.
“The educational needs of our community continue to evolve,” said Minnesota Masonic Charities President and CEO Eric J. Neetenbeek. “As higher education becomes more expensive, families are looking for alternative funding sources. Students already in college find they cannot continue to pay their educational costs. And more students are considering technical schools to achieve their goals. “
Neetenbeek believes offering a broader array of scholarship opportunities continues the Masonic Fraternity’s long-standing tradition of supporting Minnesotans in achieving their goals.
“Minnesota Masons have been providing scholarships for more than 50 years,” he said. “Education has always been a high priority for Masonry, and we’re proud to be able to offer more to more people.”
As one of the largest scholarship providers in the state, Minnesota Masonic Charities gives merit-based awards that are unique in both scope and availability. The generous awards (some up to $5,000 annually) are renewable and open to graduating Minnesota high school seniors, college undergraduates, as well as Fraternal members. The scholarships are made available on an equal opportunity basis, with no discrimination for age, gender, religion or national origin.
High school seniors can apply for four unique MMC scholarships: Signature, Legacy, Heritage and Vocational. The applicant’s GPA, ranging from 2.5 and above, serves as the initial qualifier. Application qualifications also include student involvement, letters of recommendation and answers to essay questions.
College students may apply for Undergraduate Scholarships to help finance their continued education. The awards offer $2,000 per year for up to three years or $6,000. Minnesota Masons and Order of the Eastern Star Members are eligible for MMC Fraternal Scholarships to supplement their educations and further their career opportunities.
For more information, visit MNMasonicCharities.org.
About Minnesota Masonic Charities
Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) is the nonprofit charitable organization of Minnesota Masonry. It promotes greater levels of Masonic charity by uniting and combining contributions to charitable causes, as well as directly aiding Masons, their families and society through its grants and services. MMC's total charitable grants average nearly $5.6 million a year as part of yearly services totaling nearly $70 million. These services include support for cancer research and treatment, scholarships for Minnesota students, housing and healthcare for seniors, and community support of youth, family and school programs throughout the state.