At its core Freemasonry is knowledge. Freemasons are taught to seek 'light' or knowledge throughout their lives in order to build a better world for themselves and all humanity. And, there is no greater calling than to aid those who themselves are in search of knowledge.

In 2000 Grand Master Charles Cathey initiated a drive to raise money for scholarships that could be awarded to deserving North Carolina students. The Freemasons of North Carolina generously supported Past Grand Master Cathey's call to help send graduating high school seniors to college. For his tireless efforts to educate the youth of North Carolina, the scholarship program begun by Charles Cathey now honorably bears his name.

The 2021 application period for the Charles Edward Cathey Scholarship is now closed.