Scholarship Award Recipients

Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Posted In : News
  • May 19, 2015

Harris Lodge #91, F. & A.M., Warner, New Hampshire, awards a scholarship, each year, at their August meeting to a graduating High School Senior pursuing their studies beyond high school. This year over 10 applications were received and the committee had a difficult time determining the final candidate due to the excellent proposals submitted. The scholarship award was witnessed by 45 Masons, wives and guests on August 13, 2014 following a splendid ham and potato salad dinner prepared by several members of the lodge and their wives.

This year, Melissa Ann Harper, a graduate of Concord High School was the recipient of the Harris Lodge Scholarship. She will begin her studies at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA this month. She is the daughter of John and Doreen Harper and is a resident of Concord.

During her high school career, Melissa was a member of the National Honor Society in her Junior and Senior years. She played soccer in her freshman and sophomore years; lacrosse all four years, and was captain of the lacrosse team her senior year. Following her sophomore year, Melissa worked summers at a day care center and does some babysitting on weekends. Besides being active in sports, academically she ranked 10th out of a class of 409, in the top 5% of her class. This past summer, Melissa attended St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program where she studied biomedical ethics and received a superior ranking for her achievements. As a result of her education to date, Melissa has decided to pursue the medical field and will major in biology anticipating medical school following her undergraduate program at Boston College.

Bro. Harvey Greenberg (L) Chairman of the Harris Lodge Scholarship Committee presented the award to Melissa as (2nd L to R) Jacob Keating, Melissa, her sister Sarah, and John and Doreen Harper looked on.

This annual scholarship award is composed of funds earned by the individual lodge, in such areas as yard sales and other fund raiser events, matched by Grand Lodge up to a stated amount. This award is presented throughout the state by each individual lodge; a further indication of the involvement of Masons in the nurturing of our children, the future leaders of tomorrow.