Early in our nation’s history, when illiteracy was the norm and the people were mostly agrarian laborers, there were no public institutions dedicated to improving the education of people and providing a solid future for coming generations. Freemasonry led the way during those ages in developing a competent working class capable of independent thought and action. Masons of previous generations worked tirelessly to establish new schools, and to enhance public knowledge and educational opportunities. One such example is Brother Benjamin Franklin and the University of Pennsylvania.
We, as Masons, elect to assist those engaged in this process of attaining knowledge to make a significant impact on future generations. We do this by supporting public education and championing the cause of our public school systems. To accomplish these goals in Florida, the Grand Master appoints a Committee on Public Education and Citizenship, which serves to promote and aid students of our public school system. Specifically, the Grand Lodge of Florida offers all graduating High School seniors the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship that may be used at any State of Florida supported Institution.