Nine Odd Fellow Scholarships and Loans for Education

Below are 9 ways Odd Fellows can help you go to school to better yourself. Check these out!


THE LOAN PROGRAM:

Who Is Eligible to Receive a Loan?

It is required that applicants must be, or have a relative who is an active member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge. A student desiring a loan must write personally to the Executive Director for an application. A maximum of $16,000 can be borrowed for a complete course of four years or more. The maximum is $5,000 for one year of study. All applicants must be attending school halftime or more to be eligible. The method of lending is as follows:

Freshman year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000
Sophomore year . . . . . . . . . .  . . $4,000
Junior year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,000
Senior year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $5,000

The Loan Requirements

Students enrolled in 2 or 4 year college programs must establish one grading period with at least a “C” average in an accredited college or university before receiving loans.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/the-loan-program/


Ingstrom Trust and Regional Scholarship

The regional scholarships are based on Financial Need, Scholarship and Leadership. $3,000.00 is awarded annually to a student in each of 15 Regions of the US & Canada.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed one grading period in a College or University.
  • Applicants must be a member of the Order or have a relative who is a member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge.
  • The Application must be signed by the Secretary of the Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge to verify membership.
  •  Completed Applications are due by May 15th. Winners will be notified prior to August 1.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/ingstrom-trust-regional-scholarship/


Charles and Christine Wirz Scholarship

Charles J. & Christine Wirz  scholarships are based on Financial Need, Scholarship and Leadership. Usually, two $2,000.00 scholarships are awarded annually to students without regard to Order affiliation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed one grading period in a College or University.
  • The Application must have a Lodge endorsement.
  • Completed Applications are due by May 15th.
  • Winners will be notified prior to August 1st.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/charles-j-christine-wirz-scholarship/


Christine Smith Graduate Studies Scholarship

The scholars who receive the $15,000.00 Christine Smith Graduate Studies Scholarships conduct critical inquiry and evaluation that impacts the disadvantaged and underserved, becoming highly trained professionals working in the area of social intervention after completing a specialized program at the masters or doctoral level addressing the needs of society relating to Children & Family issues.

The Foundation selected the first Christine Scholar in 2004.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Have a superior record in previous academic work.
  • Have two or more years of recent professional experience in the field of social work or a related field.
  • Propose a program of study specializing in children and families, at the master’s or doctoral level. Submit evidence of graduate school admission (copies of formal acceptance letters), to an accredited university.
  • Preference will be given to US & Canadian applicants.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/christine-smith-graduate-studies-scholarship/


Peter F. Geolot Continuing Education Career Enrichment Grants

The Educational Foundation, IOOF endorses career development by supporting members who wish to enroll in continuing education courses in job related fields, or for enrollment in continuing education courses in a new field to further their occupational goals. Grant funds will be awarded as an incentive for individual growth and development.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The grant application should be made at least 60 days before the grant funds are required.
  • Grant applicants must be member of a branch the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
  • Eligible expenses:
    • Required books/publications for continuing education courses;
    • Tuition and student fees for continuing education courses.
  • Individuals may apply for up to $1,500.00 for expenses not covered by their employer or someone else.
  • Recipients will submit a 100-150 word signed article for The IOOF News about the class they attended. The article should include a review of the class, highlights of what was learned and how it will be useful on their job. The article is subject to editing by The Educational Foundation, IOOF staff and will be published by the Sovereign Grand Lodge as space allows.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/peter-f-geolot-continuing-education-career-enrichment-grants/


Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Vocational Technology Scholarship

The Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Vocational Technology scholarships are based on Financial Need and Leadership.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed High School or have a GED equivalent.
  • Applicants must be a member of the Order or have a relative who is a member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge.
  • The Application must be signed by the Secretary of the Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge to verify membership.
  • Completed Applications are due by May 15th.
  • Winners will be notified prior to August 1st.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/odd-fellows-rebekahs-vocational-technology-scholarship/


Glenn Coursey Agriculture Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:
Students who have completed one semester in college in an agriculture field and have an average to above average academic record. They must show a need for financial assistance, demonstrate leadership ability, be enrolled in an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational-technology school and pursue a career in agriculture

  • Applicants must be a member of the Order or have a relative who is a member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge.
  • The Application must be signed by the Secretary of the Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge to verify membership.
  • Completed Applications are due by May 15th.
  • Winners will be notified prior to August 1st.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/glenn-coursey-agriculture-scholarship/


Non Traditional Scholarship Application

Eligibility Requirements:

To apply for the Educational Foundation Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be at least 30 years of age and not dependent upon parents or another person for support, or
  • Be married and not dependent upon parents or another person, other than your spouse, for support, or
  • Be supporting your own child and not dependent upon parents or another person for support.
  • Hold a high school degree or its equivalent.
  • Apply and be accepted into a degree program at an accredited college or university.
  • Enroll in college.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

 

Applicants must be, or have a relative who is a member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge. The Application must be signed by the Secretary of the applicant or relative’s Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge, with the Lodge seal affixed, to verify membership.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/non-traditional-scholarship-application/


Betty Moates Science and Technology Scholarship

For students pursuing a major in medical technology, chemistry, biology, mathematics, or an education major to teach in one of the aforementioned majors.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a high school degree or its equivalent and complete their freshman year in a college or university
  • Applicants must be, or have a relative who is a member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge. See Application for eligible relatives.
  • The application must be signed by the Secretary of the relative’s Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge, with the Lodge seal affixed to verify membership.
  • Leadership qualifications and financial need form an essential part of the Trustee’s review process and reflect the objectives sought by the Educational Foundation.
  • The applicant must be pursuing a major in medical technology, chemistry, biology, mathematics, or an education major to teach in one of the aforementioned majors.

Find out more here: https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/betty-moates-science-and-technology-scholarship/

 

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