High school seniors interested in applying for the 2020 Hinton James Masonic Scholarship for study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must submit an application by March 15.

This $1,000 scholarship, endowed by Lux Libertas #772, rewards a senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and community service. The recipient will be chosen by the Lux Libertas Scholarship Committee.

Hinton James was the University of North Carolina’s first student. He became a prominent Mason in the Wilmington area. His family keeps his memory alive --Charles Barrett, a member of Lux Libertas, is James’ fifth great-grandson.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or the equivalent average under the school’s grading system, and be enrolled in an accredited North Carolina high school. The scholarship committee will consider factors including scholastic achievement, participation in extracurricular and civic activities, involvement in the community and personal recommendations.

Applicants must complete and sign the scholarship application and provide a sealed high school transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores and two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a teacher or school official, and one should be from an unrelated person in the community.

The winner will be informed on or around May 1, 2020. Scholarship awards may be used only for tuition, fees, room, board. The scholarship payment will be made directly to the school.

Completed applications must be sent in one package and postmarked by March 15, 2020. Find a copy of the application and full details at the link below. Send applications to:

Lux Libertas Lodge Scholarship Committee

P.O. Box 1000

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Download Application

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