Education Grants

History of the Education Grants

Since 1955, the Western Australian Freemasons have assisted students with education costs. More than 50 years later, The Grand Lodge Education Grants Committee are proud to continue this tradition.
The grants are made possible through generous donations and bequests from Freemasons and their families.

Who May Apply?

Grants are awarded to students who require financial assistance to complete their studies. Postsecondary students (eg undergraduates, TAFE, college) must be undertaking full-time study. However, post-graduate students may be studying full or part-time. To be eligible for financial assistance, all applicants should make sure that they meet the criteria as stated under the eligibility section of this brochure, and:

  • Students who meet the criteria for
    necessitous circumstances
  • ensure ALL requirements of the application form are completed
  • Sponsored by a current WA Freemason

A student may apply for a grant each year. This application will be assessed independently of any previous submission. Applicants will need to exhibit satisfactory academic progress and a continuing
need for financial assistance.

Grants Available

In 2017, the Grand Lodge of Western Australia is offering a variety of education grants. Our traditional funds have restrictions to whom they may be awarded (eg field of study).

When completing the application form, students do not need to specify the grant for which they are applying. The Education Grants Committee will determine the applicable category.

WA Lodge Grants
The Grand Lodge of Western Australia currently has 123 Lodges State-wide. Many of the Masonic Lodges, along with other Masonic Orders, have contributed funds for the education grants. There are
no restrictions on these. This year, grants are available to post-secondary and post-graduate students. The grants are awarded using the Lodge’s name.

For example:

  • JD Stevenson St Georges Lodge Grant
  • Leschenaultia-Fraternity Lodge Grant
  • Abercorn Lodge Grant
  • Cannington Lodge Grant
  • Maylands Lodge Grant

ALBERT F S OHMAN MEMORIAL FUND
This grant has no restrictions. This year it is available to post-secondary and post-graduate students.

PREE MEMORIAL FUND, & UNITED PRESS LODGE GRANT
These two funds award grants to students undertaking a first degree course at university or other recognised tertiary institution in WA.

ROBERT RUSSELL MEMORIAL FUND
This fund is for first degree courses at university, with primary consideration given to students in the field of Commerce, Economics and Marketing.

UNIVERSITY LODGE GRANT
For students undertaking their first degree course at The University of Western Australia.

LODGE ROSTREVOR GRANT
For first degree courses at a university, or other approved educational institution, with primary consideration given to students with disabilities.

J S BATTYE LODGE GRANT
Open to students holding post-secondary qualifications, who wish to continue or undertake a retraining/refresher course, a programme of study, an additional post-secondary course directly relevant
to their present vocation, or a worthwhile and properly structured project. Students may be undertaking full or part-time studies.

THE JOHN LESLIE & DORISE BARRON FUND
This award is offered for post-graduate studies in Medicine, the Behavioural Sciences, and the Social Sciences.

JEAN AND PETER STOKES FUND
This grant has no restrictions and is awarded at the Education Grants Committee’s discretion.

Eligibility

To be eligible for financial assistance, students must demonstrate necessitous circumstances. The grants are intended to assist those students. The grants are made annually and are intended to assist students with books, equipment, and other education related costs. Fees covered by the Government HECS or HELP loan scheme are outside the scope of the grants, and will not be taken into
consideration.
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • meet the criteria for financial assistance
    due to necessitous circumstances;
  • proven scholastic ability;
  • residents of Western Australia; and
  • sponsored by a current WA Freemason

A student may apply for a grant each year. This application will be assessed independently of any previous submission. The education grants may be supplemented, with approval, by other similar awards, and limited parttime/casual employment is permitted. Applications for grants must be submitted on the prescribed forms available from the Grand Lodge office or from the Western Australian Freemason’s website at: www.freemasonswa.org.au. Completed applications must reach the office by 4:00 pm on Friday, 28th February 2016.

PLEASE NOTE incomplete/late applications will not be considered. The decision to approve or reject forms is the right of The Grand Lodge. This decision is final & no correspondence will be entered into.

Application Forms and Additional Information

Letter to ApplicantsDownload

Education Grants Brochure 2017 Download

Freemasons Sponsor’s Notes Download

Post Secondary Application Form Download

Post Graduate Application Form Download