For 50 years, the Corinthian Masonic Lodge in Puyallup has presented scholarship awards to high school juniors in the Puyallup School District. Since 1965, juniors have been awarded plaques, bonds, and scholarship money based on leadership in community and school activities, and their scholastic achievements.
With sophomores being new to high school and seniors given all of the awards and accolades, juniors were often going unnoticed for their hard work in their schools and communities. Counselors from each high school, along with a committee of teachers, pick a list of the top five students they consider the best representatives of the values of community and school leadership. The top applications are then passed on the the lodge. From there, a committee from the lodge combs over the applications to select a first- and second-place recipient.
This year’s first-place recipient will receive $1,000 and a plaque from the lodge, second place will receive $300, and the remaining students will all get $50. In addition to the scholarship money, students will also get a free photography sitting for their senior photos, two hours of free flight training from Green River Community College and a certificate for their achievements from the lodge.
“We are all proud of our leaders and scholars in our high schools,” said John Adamson, a Puyallup resident and chairman of the Scholarship Committee. “This award recognizes future leaders.”
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According to Adamson, the applicants have community service experience, examples of citizens leadership, a strong academic record, and are highly involved with school activities. Most of the applicants have at least a 3.5 grade point average.
Past scholarship recipients have included Rep. Melanie Stambaugh, Rep. Hans Zeiger, and Puyallup dentist Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, among other local businesspeople, professionals and educators.
“It’s the best feeling when I get to meet these young men and women,” Adamson said. “They are all such well-rounded young ladies and gentleman, and are all so organized and focused.”
The scholarship presentation is set for 7 p.m. Thursday (April 23) at the Corinthian Masonic Center, 1005 W. Pioneer Avenue in Puyallup. It’s open to the public. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will speak at the event.