by Ottawa Masonic Lodge , Shaw Local, February 16, 2023

The Masonic Lodge, Occidental Lodge Number 40, in Ottawa is offering scholarships of up to $1,000 to deserving applicants who are graduating from an accredited Ottawa area high school program before the fall of 2023 or are Illinois resident high school graduates who are orphans, children, or grandchildren of active Occidental Lodge members in good standing.

The scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit, responsibility, community service, potential contribution to society, and financial need. While Masonic fraternity membership or affiliation is not required, it may be considered for some of the scholarships.

The scholarship program is funded through local donations and grants from the Illinois Masonic Children’s Assistance Program and is limited to individuals who are 25 years old or younger and US citizens or legal residents.

The scholarships are presented in memory of Connie Fultz, a retired elementary school librarian who supported various community organizations and activities. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 11, 2023.