F ourteen students throughout California’s Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties were selected
for the 2018 Santa Barbara Scottish Rite Scholarship Awards. The awards were presented at
their respective high schools. The Santa Barbara Scottish Rite, representing the California
Scottish Rite Foundation, was also presented a
fifteenth scholarship for graduate school.
In total, $24,000 was distributed to the
awardees this year. Since 1982, the Santa
Barbara Scottish Rite has been providing
grants in the form of college or university scholarships to
graduating public high school students in the Valley’s geographical region, which stretches from Atascadero to Carpinteria, California. Donations and bequests fund these
scholarships. In October of each year, the Santa Barbara
Scottish Rite sends packages advertising the scholarship
program out to all public schools in the region, their student counselors, and their students. The packages explain
the program, and include posters, instructions, and current application
forms. The Valley Scholarship Committee members serve as coordinators in their various communities
and contact the counselors of those
schools to verify the school’s participation. Student scholarship applications are due at the Scottish Rite Office no later than March 1.
The office typically receives 60 to
100 applications each year. Valley Scholarship Committee members a package containing all the applications to review and evaluate, using standardized grading criteria. Their
evaluation takes into account the student’s
academic record, extra-curricular activities,
community service, financial need, special situations, and employment history. The committee compiles the evaluations and selects a winner for each of the available scholarships, the
number of which may vary from year to year.
This year, the fourteen graduating students receiving scholarships come from ten different
high schools across the region. Application to the California
Scottish Rite Foundation (CSRF) follows similar guidelines.
Local scholarship winners and their parents were invited
to a special recognition dinner at the Santa Barbara Masonic Center on May 9, 2018, where Valley members and
families had an opportunity to meet the winners and talk
about their respective college plans.
“The dinner recognizes students for their academic and
community achievements, and honors the Valley members for their financial support,” said Scott Wenz, the
Valley’s scholarship program committee chairman.
“Being able to meet the students
they are impacting is the best part of
the evening. And the winners get a
chance to see Scottish Rite members,
probably for the first time,” Wenz said.
—Submitted by Bruce Rick, Valley of Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Scottish Rite Announces
2018 Scholarship Awards
High school scholarship recipients
with the Valley Scholarship Chairman
(left to right): Hali Schwasnick, Scot
Wenz, Alanis Perez-Medina, and Lily
CSRF graduate school
Tarah Vosseler with Ill.
Maurice Sourmany, 33°,
Valley of Santa Barbara.
El Paso JROTC Award Presentation
Members of the Valley of El Paso, Texas, presented ten Scottish Rite JROTC Awards to outstanding ca- dets representing the ten participating high schools
of the El Paso Independent School District on May 4, 2018. The
Valley of El Paso presents a total of thirty JROTC Awards and one
ROTC Award to the several school districts in El Paso County.
—Submitted by Larry V. Kane, 33°
General Secretary El Paso