Masonic Lodges band together to support higher learning

RECIPIENT: Freemason Graham Coulter congratulates Keeghan Davis on his scholarship, along with masons Anthony Pahl and Brendan Watts. Photo: Supplied.
RECIPIENT: Freemason Graham Coulter congratulates Keeghan Davis on his scholarship, along with masons Anthony Pahl and Brendan Watts. Photo: Supplied.

For more than 30 years the combined Murray Bridge Combined Masonic Lodges have offered a scholarship to a year 12 student who is passionate about furthering their scholastic education.

The combined lodges, now made up of the Murray Bridge United Lodge and the Mypolonga Lodge, are now accepting submissions for the scholarship.

The grant is supported by the Freemasons Foundation, one of the charitable wings of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and the Northern Territory, who match the amount donated by the local lodges towards the scholarship.

Murray Bridge United Lodge Worshipful Master and Scholarship Coordinator Brendan Watts explained that the scholarship is open to any local year 12 student in need of support to help them pursue their educational ambitions.

"We also try and look for people that are giving back to the community as well at asking them for details about their ambitions and where they want to go," Mr Watts said.

"We're looking for people who have a vision and understanding with where they want to go, whether that is tertiary learning or career orientation or something else.

"The idea is about giving them a support to reach their goals where they may not have had before."

Last year's recipient, Murray Bridge High School's Keeghan Davis, received $4000 towards enabling his further studies and has gone on to begin a double degree in Engineering (biomedical) and a bachelor of Design and Technology Innovation at Flinders University.

This grant scheme has led a total of more than $40,000 to be awarded to students in the Murray Bridge district since it's inception in 1985.

Any interested year 12 students are encouraged to fill out the registration booklet supplied through their school or contact Brendan Watts on 0427 672 359 for more information.