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Charitable Programs
at the
Valley of Milwaukee

Giving is in our nature. Philanthropy is in our spirit. 

Learn more about the charitable programs we directly support here at the Valley of Milwaukee. 

Family Life

Walter Domann “Family Life” Memorial Scholarship – This fund was created over three decades ago through a gift from the family of the late Walter G. Domann. Open to all post-secondary students.


Sidney M. and Ruth K. Zirwes Scholarship – All applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • You must be the child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of a 32º Scottish Rite Mason.
  • First-time applicants must be in the final semester of your senior year of high school with the intention of actively pursuing a post-secondary school education (college, university, vocational, or professional).
  • The Scholarship Committee will consider the applicant’s academic record, together with participation in activities of school, community, religious, and youth organizations.
  • Applicants must clearly establish and demonstrate their need for financial assistance.

Leon M. Abbott Scholarship – Named after Leon M. Abbott, Sovereign Grand Commander from 1921 to 1932, the Abbott Scholarship Program provides financial support for the continuing undergraduate and graduate education of Scottish Rite Masons, young men and women from Scottish Rite families, and Masonic-related youth groups.

Eligibility: Those meeting any of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Abbott Scholarship program for undergraduate studies:

  • A 32º Scottish Rite Mason of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
  • A student directly related (bloodline or by legal means) to a 32º Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction or a member of a youth organization sponsored by the Masonic fraternity in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction who is:
      • A high school senior currently accepted at an accredited trade school or a student enrolled in an accredited trade school, who has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
      • A high school senior or undergraduate, or graduate, student currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Schmidt Fund – Created through a bequest from the Herbert H. Schmidt family in 2005. This fund supports disabled children through gifts to the Children’s Dyslexia Center, Children’s Wisconsin and other projects that coincide with the fund’s purpose.

About Scottish Rite NMJ Charities

Nothing embodies our commitment to caring for one another more than the work of the Scottish Rite, NMJ charities. Since 1913, the Scottish Rite charities and the Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation have been doing remarkable things to make a difference in the lives of our Brother Masons, their families, and in our communities.

During the 2020 fiscal year, the total number of donations during the past year included 15,578 gifts from nearly 10,602 donors – 1,657 of whom had never donated before. These figures reflect a sustained donor base dedicated to:
  • Taking care of members and their families in need through our Grand Almoner’s Fund.
  • Helping children overcome a devastating learning issue through our Children’s Dyslexia Centers.
  • Aiding college students across our 15 states with financial support through our Abbott Scholarships.
  • Preserving Masonic history through the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library.

As Masons, we take seriously our oath that we made at the altar when we took our degrees: brotherly love, RELIEF, and truth.

To that end, we would like to share a bit more about the inspiring work coming
out of our individual charitable endeavors.

The Grand Almoner’s Fund – As Freemasons, helping others is in our DNA. The Grand Almoner’s Fund fulfills the Scottish Rite mission to care for members and their families. Every dollar donated goes towards helping those who have faced incredible hardships. During our 2019- 2020 fiscal year, The Grand Almoner’s Fund assisted more than 100 Masons, their families, and widows. Whether it be a natural disaster or personal tragedy, the fund exists to make certain a helping hand is there in times of crisis.

White Flower Society – The White Flower Society is a fund dedicated to helping Masonic widows in need. The women in our lives often form strong bonds of friendship and support through Freemasonry, and this fund exists to assist those who are particularly vulnerable and in need of support.

Children’s Dyslexia Centers – Our flagship charity, the Children’s Dyslexia Centers (CDC) have been providing tutoring for over 25 years to children with dyslexia, helping them not only learn to read but regain confidence in their academic abilities and self-worth. The Centers also train tutors in the Orton- Gillingham method, giving them tools to take back to their community and help thousands more for years to come. In our 47 Children’s Dyslexia Center locations in 13 states, we helped 1,370 children this past fiscal year.

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library – The home of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library serves as both the headquarters of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and as the premier “historical society” of American Freemasonry. It collects, preserves, interprets and celebrates the history of fraternalism. A leader in Masonic research, the Museum & Library tells the story of Freemasonry in the context of American history.

Leon M. Abbott Scholarships – One of Freemasonry’s fundamental principles is a belief in the importance of the educated mind. The Scottish Rite is committed to fostering the value of education and helping deserving students. The Abbot Scholarship Program provides financial support for the continuing undergraduate and graduate education of Scottish Rite Masons, young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic- related youth groups. This past year, we awarded scholarships to more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students.