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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Masonic Lodge Presents Bursaries

From left, Graham Groucott, Fred Bowker, Sig Guggenmoos, Alexis Braun, Destiny Braun, Rain Voss, Chris Batty, Rex Cunningham and Darcy Balaneski. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The Vermilion Masonic Lodge, special dignitaries Vice Chairman Chris Batty and Treasurer Fred Bowker of the Alberta Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund, along with District Deputy Grand Master Sig Guggenmoos for the Lakeland District presented Masonic Higher Education Bursaries on June 28 to three well-deserving and thankful recipients for $10,000 each.

According to the bursary website the Alberta Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund recognizes, promotes, and supports excellence in education for the benefit of humanity. In general, the bursaries are awarded to students at the post-secondary level in Alberta and the Northwest Territories and are awarded on the basis of need and proven scholastic ability.

The three bursaries that were awarded on Tuesday evening were from the Fred and Lilly Masonic Bursary and were presented by Lakeland District Deputy Grand Master Sig Guggenmoos.

The presentation began with the Treasurer, of the Alberta Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund, Fred Bowker explaining the Fred and Lilly Masonic Bursary.

“A local individual from Kitscoty by the name of Fred North decided in 2018 to give back to the community after his success in the working area. Fred was a student that started his education in Kitscoty which he left early. Fred was told the value of education would catch up with him, but he happened to be quite successful in his endeavours and started a bursary that he respectfully called the Fred and Lilly Masonic Bursary,” explained Bowker.

He went on to explain that the Free Masons of Alberta manages the bursary for Fred and that he gives two bursaries annually to one student from Kitscoty High School and another to a high school graduate from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School. Due to only one applicant last year the Vermilion Masonic Lodge was able to present three this year instead of just two.

“It is very fortunate for us to have three applicants this year and have the extra bursary to give,” commented Bowker.

The three recipients of this year’s Fred and Lilly Masonic Bursary were twin sisters Destiny and Alexis Braun from Kitscoty who attended Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, and Rain Voss from Lloydminster who also attended Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.

Destiny will be studying Children’s Ministry and Alexis will be studying Psychology. Rain is planning on studying to become a Dental Hygienist and they were extremely thankful for the bursary they received.

Since its inception in 1959, the Alberta Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund has presented over 4000 bursaries exceeding $5 million. The Alberta Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund is presenting $247,500 in bursaries this year, 2022.

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