Ohio Grand Chapter Educational Fund

Research going back to 1978 showed this fund, established for educational purposes, had not been tapped for a large amount during that time, so Endowed Scholarships were established in 2001 at the following Universities. Ohio University in Athens, Kent State University, Miami University in Oxford and University of Toledo.

Each was established at $25,000.00 and only the interest can be used each year.  The Scholarships are written in the name of The Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star and can be found on the internet for any of these schools.

The criteria the Grand Trustees established are:
  1. Upper class students or graduate students (no freshman)
  2. Students from Ohio only
  3. No academic requirements or special field of study
  4. Financial need not a requirement
  5. Renewable only once
  6. Funding only for tuition or books
  7. Must be a U.S. citizen but outside activities not considered
  8. Scholarship not refundable
  9. Each University will select the recipients
Please support our Ohio Educational Fund by designating a sunshine collection or include it in your chapter budget for this fund.

As a member of the Education Committee for General Grand Chapter from Ohio, I would like to know the following:

Does your Chapter have special projects to raise funds for Scholarships?

What amount of scholarship funds are provided by your chapter and/or group in the name of Eastern Star? Please send your response to:  Roberta David, PGM and Grand Secretary-

Worthy Grand Matron's Outstanding Youth Scholarship Award Form

Application Process for 2019 - Worthy Grand Matron's Outstanding Youth Scholarship Award - click here

(Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership)

  • Awards are to be made to students preparing for leadership in various fields of religious service including: Ministers, Missionaries, Directors of Church Music, Director of Religious Education or Directors of Youth Leadership.
  • Awards may be variable in amount and determined by the ESTARL Committee on the basis of funds available, number of applicants, ability and need of individuals.
  • Awards are outright gifts and are made for one year.  Consideration may be given for future awards on basis of eligibility.
  • Awards are made in the form of a certificate sent to the student.  The student is free to select the school of his or her choice which has an accredited course in the field of the various religious services.  A check in the amount of the award is sent to the school for the use of that particular student while pursuing the studies in preparation for full-time  religious service.  The money is issued primarily for tuition, but may be used for books, room, board, or medical aid.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Ohio or be an Ohio High School graduate and have completed two (2) years in an accredited college.
  • Awards are not to be extended to Doctoral Degrees.
  • Applicants must be interested in dedicating their lives to FULL TIME RELIGIOUS SERVICE.  Awards will be based upon indication of scholarship, character, leadership qualities, need and evidence of self-help.
  • Applicants need not be of Masonic or Eastern Star affiliation.
  • Preference will be given to anyone who is already training in the religious field, and needs to continue his or her education.
  • Eligibility will be determined entirely by the ESTARL Committee.
  • Any subordinate Chapter that feels it has an eligible scholarship candidate should write to the Chairperson of the ESTARL Committee, give the name of the Candidate and request proper application procedures.
  • The student need only be sponsored by vote of the Chapter.   The sponsoring Chapter assumes no financial responsibility by this action,  however, the Chapter should have available to them the financial need of the student and some background on the student as to his or her sincerity of achieving their goal in religious leadership.  After sponsorship, the Chapter secretary should write to the ESTARL Chairperson requesting an application form.
  • The completed application for the ESTARL award  needs to be to the ESTARL
    Chairperson by April 15.
  • Information for Chapter Secretaries - Click here
  • ESTARL Form 15 - actual ESTARL Application - Click here
  • ESTARL Brochure - Click here
Subordinate Chapters and members of the Order are urged to give enthusiastic and generous support to this program. Has your Chapter contributed recently?


The Kenneth B. Scott Scholarship Fund was initiated in 2013 to recognize the dedicated efforts of PGP Ken Scott. It is funded by donations from OES chapters, members of the 2009 Grand Family, and friends of Ken Scott. Ken served as Worthy Grand Patron with WGM Peg Reiterman in 2009.

Ken Scott is a senior DeMolay and Past Master Councilor, a Past Master of New England Lodge #4 in Worthington, and has served several times a Worthy Patron of Worthington Chapter #287, OES. His three sons are senior DeMolays and his three daughters were all active in Rainbow at the state level, including Past Grand Worthy Advisor (Crissy Scott Willeke,1990-91).

A $1,000 scholarship is available to a member of
each of the Masonic Youth Groups – DeMolay, Rainbow, and Job’s Daughters.

Click HERE to download the Application Form for the Kenneth B. Scott Scholarship.

In addition to the application form, candidates are asked to PREPARE AN ESSAY (maximum 300 words) explaining EXPERIENCES IN HIS/HER MASONIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION, ACTIVITIES IN SCHOOL, CAREER GOALS, JOB EXPERIENCE AND FINANCIAL NEED. A one-page biographical resume also may be submitted.

Send application, essay, and (optional) biographical resume to: Marilyn Braatz, 3953 Serenade Lane, Lakeland, FL 33811, or by e-mail to Applications MUST be received by April 1. Awards will be presented at the statewide sessions of each youth group.

The selection committee will evaluate applications on the basis of (1) participation in the activities of their respective Masonic youth group; (2) academic excellence, and (3) financial need.

2018 Recipients:
Job's Daughters - Celeste Marie Prince, Bethel #45, a graduate student at Marietta College
Rainbow - Ruth Zheng, Logan Assembly #164, a freshman at The Ohio State University
DeMolay - Samuel A. Carr, Circleville Chapter, a sophomore at Ohio University

2017 Recipients:
Rainbow - Shelby Laughlin, Fremont Assembly #128, a freshman at The Ohio State University
DeMolay - Dakiota Kiger, Moundbuilders Chapter, a junior at Ohio University

2016 Recipients:
Job's Daughters - Shannon Renee Claytor, Bethel #80, a junior at Ashland University
Rainbow - Hanna Lynn Hartzler, Marie Hamilton Assembly #170, a freshman at The Ohio State University
DeMolay - Harrison King, Fallen Timbers Chapter, a junior at the University of Toledo

2015 Recipients:
Job’s Daughters -- Gabriella Charley, Bethel #80, a senior at Akron University
Rainbow -- Kaitlynn S. Turner, Fairborn Assembly #50, a freshman at Kent State University
DeMolay -- Nicholas Willeke, Moundbuilders Chapter, a freshman at The Ohio State University

2014 Recipients:
Job’s Daughters -- Jocelyn Claytor, Bethel #80, a freshman at the University of Toledo
Rainbow -- Alizabeth K Ratliff, Brecksville Assembly #59, a freshman at Baldwin Wallace
DeMolay -- Robert W. Laing, VanWert Chapter, a junior at Miami University

2013 Recipients:
Job’s Daughters -- Erin McNulty, Bethel #65, a sophomore at Marietta College
Rainbow -- Alaina Hem, Grand Rapids Assembly #179, a junior at the University of Toledo
DeMolay -- Marcus Han Chong, Linden Chapter, a senior at Columbus State University






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