The Oregon Scottish Rite Education Foundation serves to help Oregonians attain their career aspirations and encourages you to apply for our scholarship grant program. Applicants must be bona fide residents of the State of Oregon entering as undergraduates at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Grants are awarded on the evidence submitted that the applicant will succeed in higher education and excel in his or her subsequent career.
The Oregon Scottish Rite Education Foundation annually awards multiple scholarships to the most promising applicants from across the state of Oregon, without regard to career choices.
Applicants are also automatically considered for the two special awards described below.
A Masonic relationship is not required. Applicants are considered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or age. Multiple scholarships are awarded annually.
The Walt and Shirlee Scholarships are awarded annually to one outstanding applicant planning a career in natural science, mathematics, or related fields.
Walter LeSieur Peters, 33°, was a member of the Scottish Rite and several other Masonic organizations. Shirlee was also active in several Masonic organizations. Walter and Shirlee made the personal and generous decision to bequeath a large portion of their estate to the Oregon Scottish Rite Education Foundation.
The Stan and Jayne Schmidt Scholarships are awarded annually to one exceptional applicant planning a career in education, particularly in English language or theater.
Stan Schmidt, 33°, and his wife Jayne were both Education professionals, starting in Northern Idaho and ultimately moving to Portland. Jayne worked in the Portland Public Schools and Stan worked at Jefferson High School and Portland Community College. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Portland for many years. Stan has been very active in several Masonic organizations, and is a valued member of the Scottish Rite, where he served the Education Foundation for many years.