Area graduates receive scholarships from S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge #912

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal
Five area seniors received scholarships from the S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge #912. Pictured are (LtoR): Charles Ragland, Head of Scholarship, Elizabeth Charles, Sierra Starns, Talee Oaks and Jacqlyn Villarreal. Not pictured is Carolina Guerrero.

Five area Class of 2021 graduates received scholarships from the S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge #912 Tuesday night.

Recipients of the scholarships were Talee Oaks from Orange Grove High School, Sierra Starns, Orange Grove High School, Elizabeth Charles of Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco High School, Jacqlyn Villarreal of Alice and Carolina Guerrero of San Diego High School.

The students received a total of $4,250 in scholarships. 

Jacqlyn Villarreal, graduate of Alice High School, received a scholarship from Charles Ragland, Head of Scholarship.

The money was raised by the lodge through a golf tournament earlier in the year. 

Elizabeth Charles, graduate of ben Bolt - Palito Blanco High School, received a scholarship from the S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge #912. The scholarship was presented by Charles Ragland, Head of Scholarship.

According to Tom Oaks, Master of the Lodge, in the early days of the Republic of Texas, Masonic Lodges provided space for school rooms in most communities. Masons provided both physical space for schools, as well as payment of teachers salaries. Today, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas supports public schools with programs such as Take Time to Read, a public awareness program that educates adults about the importance of reading to young children.

Sierra Starns, Orange Grove High School graduate, received a scholarship from Charles Ragland, Head of Scholarship, for the S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge #912.
Talee Oaks, Orange Grove High School graduate, accepts a scholarship from Charles Ragland. Ragland is the Head of Scholarship for the S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge #912.