Charitable Programs

First-Year Of College Scholarship




Montezuma Lodge grants each year several scholarships to assist first year college students from Santa Fe with related costs. This scholarship is open to all students residing in Santa Fe with active plans to attend a qualified college level studies program in the upcoming year. The amount of the scholarship grant is $2,000 per awarded applicant.

Download the application here, print, fill out by hand, and mail it in by April 30. If you would like to type in the information electronically, please download the application with forms. Once filled out, it can be printed with your answers typed in. An association with Masonry is neither required nor relevant for consideration. The Scholarship Committee will screen all applications before conducting personal interviews with those applicants deemed most promising. The awards will be announced by early June followed by an awards ceremony conducted on late June.

The money granted may be used for any expenses incurred relating to college studies during the first year of college including tuition, room and board, books, texts and supplies, travel to and from school, etc. The discretion of how to spend the scholarship is left solely to the student. All awarded students must submit to the Lodge a copy of a letter of verification from the school after enrolling.

The following will be considered in awarding scholarship:

  • the applicant’s civic-mindedness and leadership potential as demonstrated by his or her activities both
    scholastic and extracurricular, recommendations, honors obtained, offices held, and so forth;
  • the applicant’s financial need;
  • the applicant’s grade point average earned during the Junior and Senior years of high-school; favorable consideration may be given to those students who have shown a significant positive improvement in grades or have undertaken advanced studies during this time;
  • the applicant’s choice of college or university and the field of study they wish to pursue. Emphasis is given to local colleges and universities unless the pursued field of study is not available within the State of New Mexico;
    and
  • the applicant’s attached essay, which should be 150 words in length written by the applicant on the subject:
    “How a College Education will Improve Myself and My Contribution to Society.”

Applications may be mailed to:
Montezuma Lodge No. 1
Scholarship Committee
431 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-1958

Applications may also be hand delivered to the Secretary’s Office of Montezuma Lodge between the hours of 1:00p.m. and 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday. The building is located just west of the Scottish Rite Center. If the office is closed, place the application in an envelope and deposit it into the curb side mail box marked 431. All applications must be in the hands of the committee by April 30.

Image: Mark Oldknow with First-Year of College scholarship recipients. June 2017


Indigenous Language Scholarship




Montezuma Lodge supports various programs that promotes education and learning. In 2018, Montezuma Lodge provided scholarship money to support two indigenous language programs at the San Ildefonso Pueblo and the Cochiti Pueblo.

Image: Charles Hannaford[left], Jee Hwang, and Scott Jaquith present scholarship check to support language program and Cochiti Pueblo. June 2018


Bikes for Books Scholarship




Each year, Montezuma Lodge partners with local elementary schools to encourage kids to read. The Bikes for Books program provides an incentive for kids to read by rewarding them with bicycles for reading books. In 2017, Montezuma Lodge purchased forty-eight bicycles to be donated to eight elementary schools in the Santa Fe area.

Image: Jee Hwang at Salazar Elementary School present bicycles to recipients of Montezuma Lodge Bikes for Books program. May 2016