These scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to deserving students. They are not intended to cover all expenses. In planning your financial need, you should not assume that a scholarship has been awarded until you are officially notified by the scholarship committee.
Scholarship renewable annually for up to a total of four years provided that a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better is obtained prior to the renewable request and funds are available from the trust. Also, a Grade Transcript from the University, College attended must accompany the request. Scholarships are intended to assist in obtaining an undergraduate degree from a University or College, or training in other accredited schools of higher education in Colorado. Scholarships are awarded without reference to race, creed, color, religion, sex or Masonic relationship.
Join in the legacy of our generous Brother Warren A. Skrifvars by donating to the Scholarship Fund so it may continue to serve those who are to come after us.
Applications are available from counselors at all Pueblo County High Schools, at the bottom of this page, and at Pueblo Lodge #17 A.F. & A.M., 126 Broadway, Pueblo, CO 81004. Pueblo (719) 544-1056.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION CHECK LIST:
1. Complete all four pages application form.
2. Write a personal letter including the following:
3. A grade transcript covering your entire high school career including GPA and class rank.
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4. A copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR)
5. A letter of acceptance from the University, College or other institution of higher learning listed on the application.
6. Four letters of recommendation should accompany the application. Letters should be from personal acquaintances, employers, clergy and teachers. It is best not to have all the letters from teachers. They should be from people who have known your family, over a period of time. Letter need not be in separate envelopes.
7. You must arrange for a personal interview with the Masonic Contact for Pueblo Lodge No. 17.
8. The request for an interview must be made between January 1 and March 7. Check list items 1 thru 6 are to be complete prior to calling for the interview and be available for review at the time of the interview.
9. Bring all of the materials with you when you come for the interview. ALL INTERVIEWS MUST BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN MARCH 15.
Applications must be completed and interviews requested before March 7th
Thank you to all our applicants for your hard work, diligent, and timely application submission. If you missed the deadline, we apologize, we do not make exceptions.
Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school, in Pueblo County of the year applying and residents of the county. They much also be accepted at, and attend an institution of higher education in the State of Colorado.
Applicants will be advised if they have been awarded a Scholarship no later than May 30.
Scholarship monies will be paid to the student and the University, College or other institution of higher learning’s Student Financial Aid office.
Scholarships are renewable for second, third and fourth years for under-graduate degrees, but not for post-graduate years, if funds are available from the trust. Students applying for the renewal must send their request and a Grade Transcript showing a G.P.A of 3.0 or better to reach us no later than MARCH 1st .
If, for any reason, the recipient does not enroll at an institution of higher education; or if the recipient drops out, the unused portion of the Scholarship must be repaid immediately to the Pueblo Lodge #17 A.F & A.M. Scholarship Committee.
Although Masonic ritual varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, a consistent message conveyed to every candidate is that charity is an essential part of Freemasonry. In some rituals, in fact, reference is made to the wide-breadth of the star-decked canopy of Heaven and that a Mason's charity should be equally extensive. This concept has remained throughout the centuries of Freemasonry's existence.
"To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Freemasons, who are linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, to sympathize with their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries, and to restore peace to their troubled minds, is the great aim we have in view.
"To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Freemasons, who are linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, to sympathize with their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries, and to restore peace to their troubled minds, is the great aim we have in view. On this basis we form our friendships and establish our connections."
From this philosophy comes much of a "Mason's work," given freely and willingly. Charity comes in many forms, both large and small. Whether it's something as simple as a holiday basket delivered to a shut-in by local lodge officers, something much larger such as a donation of funds to support a community project or an on-going program such as the Grand Lodge of Colorado Benevolent Scholarships, or something as enormous as a chain of 22 hospitals which provide totally free care to burned and crippled children, Masons regularly engage in charitable work as part of their Masonic membership. No web site could fully and completely list all of the charitable work done by Freemasons. There are many which are local and private. In fact, much Masonic charity occurs in this quiet way. Other activities, however, are so broad that they cannot be hidden and we'll point you to some of them right here.
Masonic charity has often been 'quiet' as compared to civic charities whose presence is flouted in order to garner additional contributions. Thus a researcher can only capture the data from formally organized and public Masonic activities and even this doesn't tell the whole story. For example, the Masonic Service Association quietly oversees a Hospital Visitation Program with a goal that every Veteran's Administration Hospital in the United States have a Masonic volunteer working with patients. How can a value be placed on the more than 500,000 hours a year spent on this work?
In 2006 American Masonic Philanthropy was $525 million or $1.4 million per day.