2024 Scholarship Winner

(L-R) Bobby R. Burkett – Master; Ms. Lesslee Hendricks; Joseph T. Sosa – Chairman of Scholarship Committee

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Drive in Madeira Beach, presented its annual Albert T. and Tupper MacMillan Scholarship, supported by the Ernest J. Freeman Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship was presented to Ms. Lesslee Hendricks a graduating Senior at Seminole High School in Seminole. Ms. Hendricks will be attending Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC) in the Fall where she will begin her studies in Biology. Her future goal is to earn her degree in Physical Therapy. Ms. Hendricks has volunteered many hours in the community, including packing care packages for overseas military with Operation Military Matters, preparing and serving meals at Everybody‚Äôs Tabernacle, and Christ the King Church food bank. Ms. Hendricks has been active in several organizations at Seminole High School, including Student Government, the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, English Honor Society, Psychology Honor Society, Varsity Tennis Team, and Future Business Leaders of America. Ms. Hendricks is graduating with a 4.03 weighted GPA.

Ernest J. Freeman Jr., Master of Gulf Beach Lodge in 1984, had a vision. This vision was to create a scholarship program that would grant deserving local students funds to assist in their college tuition. It was also his vision to create a program which would be self-perpetuating thereby being a source of assistance well into the future. After the passing of Ernest Freeman, the Scholarship Fund was named in his memory and has helped support deserving college students since its inception. The annual Scholarship winner receives $3,500.00 to assist in their College or University expenses.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1950 and has been an active presence on the Gulf Beaches since that time. Besides the scholarship, the Masonic Lodge annually presents 24 bicycles to elementary students as an award for excellence in reading, provides Holiday Food Baskets in November and December to families in need, participates in the Keep Pinellas Beautiful program and is a strong supporter of many charitable organizations such as the American Heart Association, PARC, the American Lung Association, the St. Petersburg Free clinic, and many others.

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