Opening doorways to higher learning and public education, advancing medical research, and improving basic skills for thousands of schoolchildren, Scottish Rite Charities has been making a big difference since the 1920s. Feel free to contact our team with any questions regarding the charities of the Scottish Rite.
Learn more about our charities and funds below or visit our How to Give page to learn how you can contribute locally and nationally to these amazing causes.
Children’s Dyslexia Centers
For over ten years, Scottish Rite Masons have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. With more than 50 active centers in our jurisdiction, the Children’s Dyslexia Centers provide free tutoring for children with dyslexia and train a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors.
For additional information please visit out Children’s Dyslexia Center of Pittsburgh page or visit the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s website at https://www.childrensdyslexiacenters.org/tutoring_location/pennsylvania-pittsburgh/.
National Heritage Museum
The National Heritage Museum was founded by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States as a gift to the nation on our country’s bicentennial. Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, it boasts one of the country’s finest collections of material and artifacts related to the history of American Freemasonry and fraternalism. The Museum also collects decorative arts, documents, artifacts, photographs and fine art related to American history—with particular attention to material related to Lexington around the time of the American Revolution. A schedule of changing exhibitions and programs, and virtual experiences, serve a broad audience.
The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives serves the Masonic community as a repository of the history of Freemasonry and as a research facility. It preserves Masonic and fraternal history in many formats, available to the public, to researchers, and to Masonic scholars. Its other major collecting area is American history.
The Museum and Library are open Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Click below for the schedule. There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.
In 1922, a college scholarship program was inaugurated with an initial appropriation from Supreme Council funds. In 1932, Leon M. Abbott bequeathed additional funds to establish an Education and Charity Fund. The first Abbott scholarship was awarded in 1951. For many years, the scholarships were presented to journalism students at selected universities throughout the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. In 1984, it was voted to expand the scholarship program by awarding grants to children of Scottish Rite members and to young people active in the youth groups affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. In 1985-86, the first academic year, funds were allocated for 68 scholarships.
Interested in applying? Visit the Abbott Scholarships page for more details, online application form, and instructions.
As you know we all took an obligation to take care of our Brothers and in many cases we haven’t done a very good job. In these difficult economic times many of our Brothers really need our assistance.