The Knights Templar Educational Foundation Committee considers all applications for scholarships, without regard to age, race, religion, National origin, or gender. Masonic ties or affiliations prefered. These scholarships are not “grants in aid”, but are open to all students regardless of their financial circumstances.
Provide financial assistance to students who meet the required qualifications.
How to apply for a scholarship.
Application forms are available by request from the Grand Recorder’s Office.
History and transition of the Knights Templar Educational Foundation.
In 1922, the Grand Encampment launched the Knights Templar Educational Foundation with the words: “We feel that the Grand Encampment can build no greater monument nor inaugurate a more worthwhile movement than to establish a plan which will put into effect a plan which will provide educational advantages for the youth of our beloved country, thereby enabling them to become more useful members of society and better Citizens of the United States of America.”
The Foundation was sustained and perpetuated by each Sir Knight paying annually the sum of $1.00 for a period of nine years beginning July 1, 1924. This Fund became available for student loans.
Through the years the fund has grown and Grants and Scholarships are available in several states. However, in New Hampshire we only offer scholarships.
The need for Education
Education beyond high school is essential in a technological age. It may be obtained today in –
1. A vocational school, which trains artisans and craftsman.
2. A technical school, which prepares technicians for various specializations.
3. A professional school, which offers preparation, in medicine, law, theology, engineering, business, agriculture and others.
4. Colleges and university, which give a firm foundation for business, trade or profession.
Since its founding the Knights Templar Educational Foundation has assisted more than 80,000 students for an aggregate monetary value of over 38 million dollars through Loans and Scholarships to deserving youth thereby exemplifying the purpose and principles for which it was created.
Who are the Knights Templar?
The Knights Templar is a Christian oriented fraternal organization and is the culmination of the York Rite of Freemasonry. This fraternal organization does not claim to be a direct descendant of the ancient order founded in the 11th century but their service in these times reflect the virtues of those Valiant Knights and serves those in need today through charities and support of higher education.