Farmington Masons on August 3 awarded scholarships to three Farmington Public Schools graduates who excelled in academics and made a commitment to extracurricular activities.
The awards were presented to North Farmington High grad Gabriela Annunziata Sgambati, and Harrison High graduates Julia Trautmann and Alex Fisher during a dinner at the historic Masonic Hall, Grand River and Farmington Road in Farmington.
The Lodge’s Worshipful Master, George Sertic, said applications were reviewed by a member of the Masons, a retired college professor, and a business owner in the community.
“It is our hope that this will allow you to focus more on your dreams and less on your finances,” Sertic said. He encouraged students to stay in touch as they pursue their degrees, and to reach out for advice from Lodge members who work in their chosen fields.
“Your community is proud of you,” said Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey, who is also a member of the Farmington Lodge. “We know you’ve had a good start, and we expect great things from you.”
The Michigan Masonic Scholarship program this year awarded $390,000 in scholarships through 150 Masonic Lodges, Sertic said. The Masonic Charitable Foundation distributed $257,000 to other charities.
Also during Friday’s event, Sertic surprised Lodge secretary Gary Bouwkamp with the Mason of the Year award. While all officers are important, Sertic said, the secretary “can make or break a Lodge.” He described Bouwkamp as someone who always has time for others and steps in to help wherever he’s needed.