The Masonic Foundation of Utah has awarded annual scholarships to 51 students in 14 different schools for the 2009-2010 year. The awards add up to $86,700.

“It’s an honor to be in a position to assist these students,” said Grand Master of Utah Freemasons, Loyd E. Davis. “Without such need-based scholarships, some students would have a hard time meeting the increasing costs of higher education. We’re delighted to administer this annual scholarship program.”

Though the history of Freemasonry is clouded with suspicion over its secretive rituals and arcane symbolism, the members of the Order do not seem to acknowledge the criticism or claims as anything but common human misconception and people’s fear of what they do not understand. Free of the need to explain themselves to the public, Freemasons just keep doing exactly what they’ve been doing for the past few hundred years or so.

Controversy and paranoia aside, Freemasons have long been known for their generosity and investment in their communities. Many charities have benefited from donations from the Masonic Foundation, to the tune of about $250,000 per year. Shriner’s Hospital for Children and Rite Care Learning Centers, which treat children with speech disorders, have also been recipients of donations from the foundation.

For more information on this and other scholarships, visit or call 801-863-8448. The scholarships office is located in room BA 105.