Background to the Kangaroo Island Freemasons Scholarship
Freemasonry has had a long history on Kangaroo Island.
Perhaps the first Freemason to set foot on KI was George Strickland Kingston (1807-1880) who arrived on the Cygnet at Nepean Bay in September 1836. He discovered the River Torrens later that year.
The Island Lodge no.54 was formed in 1908 but closed in 2003.
Parndana Lodge no.206 was formed in 1959, is active and now meets in Kingscote.
Thus for nearly 100 years Freemasonry has been active on Kangaroo Island, a powerful force for good, funding many charitable activities.
Following the sale of the Parndana Lodge building in 2006, part of the sale monies has been invested with The Masonic Foundation to fund from interest “ The Kangaroo Island Freemasons Scholarship.”
It is valued at up to $3,000 each year.
The following guidelines may assist:
The broad aim is to further extend the benevolent activities on a year-by-year basis well into the future by providing assistance to KI residents for various worthy causes.
The Scholarship is open to any KI resident wishing to obtain experience, knowledge or skill in a particular field of endeavour in Australia or overseas.
There are no prescribed qualifications, academic or otherwise.
Consideration will be given in assessing applications to:
1.The lack of opportunity available to the applicant to pursue the endeavour by any other means and
2. The way in which and the extent to which the endeavour is likely to benefit the applicant, and the Kangaroo Island community.