Masonic Foundation gives scholarships to 24 KSU students

By The Mercury

The Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm for the Grand Lodge of Kansas and Kansas Masons, announced the recipients of 140 scholarships to students of 36 institutions of higher learning across Kansas. The awards total nearly $200,000.

The scholarships, which range from $500 to $5,000, are awarded to graduating high school seniors and students already attending four- and two-year universities and colleges, including vocational and technical schools, throughout the state.

The Manhattan Masonic Lodge will present 24 Kansas State University students with their scholarships later in July.

“It is with great pride that we, as Masons, are able to provide this type of financial support to our future leaders,” said Michael J. Tavares, president of the Kansas Masonic Foundation. “Our commitment to the

scholarship program, and to the numerous other programs that benefit Kansans and Kansas communities through the Foundation and the Masonic Lodges throughout the state, is the core of our belief that charity beyond ourselves strengthens our community.”

Over the nearly 47 years of its existence, the foundation, along with the Grand Lodge of Kansas, its 231 statewide lodges, and more than 19,500 Kansas Masons, have given thousands of scholarships and millions of dollars to deserving students in Kansas.

“Whether it is this scholarship program, the almost $25 million that Kansas Masons have donated to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, or any of the other worthwhile endeavors to help others that Masons are committed to do, our Fraternity provides significant charitable support to Kansas and throughout the world,” said Michael A. Halleran, Grand Master of Masons in Kansas.

Halleran also noted that more than $360 million has been raised annually by the American Masonic philanthropy alone.

The 140 scholarships will be presented to students by their local Masonic Lodge in July. The 24 K-State recipients are as follows: Shane Pokorney , Delia; Makinzie Alamo, Derby; Kyle Ehrlich, Topeka; Kayleb Allen, Emporia; Joshua Stegman, Topeka; Casey Spence, Rozel; Grant Hill, Fort Scott; Takoda Eckert,  Hugoton; Kylie Schultz, Hutchinson; Anna Nusser, Manhattan; Logan Bledsoe, Silver Lake; Madison Cunningham, Lenexa; Nels Berggren, Lindsborg; Karsen Brown, Inman; Sierra Lohoefener, Oberlin;  Macayla Easton, Selden; Brian Wenger, Topeka; Landon Ochsner, Overland Park; Brandi Feehan,  Louisburg; Braden Mathews, Salina; Amanda Williams, Spring Hill; Alicia Jordan, Topeka; Wade Capoun,  Paxico;  Arthur Wertzberger, Alma; Shelbi Hill, Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas Masonic Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Foundation benefiting Kansans and Kansas communities.

The Kansas Masonic Foundation was founded in 1966 to encourage philanthropy from Kansas Masons, their family and friends for charitable, educational and scientific programs.

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