Scottish Rite gift supports technology students

Scottish Rite

Front row, left to right: Peter Klotz, principal officer, Niagara Chapter of Rose Croix, Niagara Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; Mike Palmer, principal officer, Elgin Lodge of Perfection, Nigara Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; Andrey Rudakov, award recipient); Misheck Mwaba, dean, Media, Trades and Technology; Fred Hutchinson, member, Niagara Valley Scottish Rite Freemasonry. Back row left to right: Randy Bezo, member, Niagara Valley Scottish Rite Freemasonry; Tom Lewis, member, Niagara Valley Scottish Rite Freemasonry; Keith Lay, member, Niagara Valley Scottish Rite Freemasonry; Gilles Laroche, co-ordinator, Civil Engineering Technician program; Adel Esayed, chair, School of Technology Studies.

The Niagara Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry presented a $50,000 gift December 3 in support of students in Niagara College’s School of Technology Studies.

The gift will be used to establish the Niagara Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Scholarship which will provide an annual award to a student in a technology program at NC.

“We’re very pleased that Niagara Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is making this important investment in student learning and success,” said Sean Kennedy, CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and vice president, Student and External Relations. “It’s gifts like these that help students to pursue and achieve their academic dreams. We’re very grateful for this support.”

The Niagara Valley of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is a fraternal organization consisting of Elgin Lodge of Perfection and the Niagara Chapter of Rose Croix and is based on Craft Lodge Masonry seen in various communities.

“As the educational wing of masonry, and given the connection to historical stonemasons and the building trades of Europe, it was deemed appropriate that the Scottish Rite here in Niagara establish a scholarship fund at Niagara College to aid students in the School of Technology,” said Mike Palmer, principal officer of Elgin Lodge.

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