Scholarship News Update
Rosemarie Biagetti Vanderhaar
Scholarship Committee Chairperson
Since the Grand Lodge was unable to have a convention this past June, I would like to give a brief update of the scholarship program.
First, all 2019 scholarship recipients have submitted the proper document and information in order to request their checks. All of these checks have been issued. A special Thank You to State Recording Secretary Lori Rossi for her help in getting the checks issued.
The 2019 scholarship files can be closed.
Sometime in October, scholarship application will be available on the Grand Lodge website. Lodges wishing to download them may do so. Please remember, if using the Western Foundation Scholarship application, remove all references to the Grand Lodge and Western Foundation and insert the lodge’s information. This will avoid confusion. Although, it would be wonderful to have all scholarships awarded by the Western Foundation, I understand and respect those lodges that choose to award some on their own. Bottom line, it helps a young student financially to achieve their educational goals.
A question asked of me, “Why give scholarships at this time, the students are doing online studies because of pandemic?” This particularly true of those in college or about to begin college. My youngest grandson Ryan is starting his senior year at UC Santa Barbara and I asked my daughter if they still pay the fees even if classes are online. Yes, they do pay, the only saving, room and board that’s free with him home (grocery bill might be the exception).
I fully realize that our lodges have not been able to meet or have fundraising events as in the past to raise funds for scholarships and other programs, but we hope you can do whatever is possible. Once again, I sincerely and fraternally wish to thank our members, lodges and other donors for their support and generosity through the years.
Please take care, be safe and stay well