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PHS student Nathaniel Beaver earns prestigious Masonic scholarship

Nathaniel Beaver, a Perham High School student, received the Harold E. Stassen Masonic Signature Scholarship and was chosen from 300 applicants based on his academic standing, extra-curricular activities, merit and response to essay questions.

In his scholarship application, Beaver highlights his capabilities and talents by referring to his family's dairy farm. "I can milk a cow while it dances a jig, read Shakespeare with comprehension, cut a field of hay without stopping... And dream of one day becoming a physicist," he said.

While a student at Perham High School, Beaver maintained a 3.99 GPA and was a member of the Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society and the orchestra. He also received the prestigious Yale Science and Engineering Award.

He will attend Gustavus Adolphus College and major in physics.

Committed to investing in the future of life-long learners, Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) presented scholarships worth up to $148,000 to eight Minnesota high school graduates, including Beaver, on May 31.

"We're extremely proud and excited to present the gifts to a deserving group of brilliant students and future leaders," said Eric J. Neetenbeek, CEO of MMC. "Not only is the MMC Scholarship program investing in the future by supporting student achievement, each scholarship presented is a promise and a vote of confidence in their potential."

Minnesota Masonic Charities, which recently gave the University of Minnesota $65 million - the largest gift to the University ever - for cancer research, awarded five Masonic Signature Scholarships of $5,000 each, renewable for up to four years for up to $20,000. Three Masonic Legacy Scholarships were presented in the amount of $4,000 each, renewable for up to four years for up to $16,000.

The Masonic Signature Scholarships were named after five individuals who are strongly identified with the state of Minnesota through personal achievement, public service and who were personally committed to the values of Masonry in their private lives: James J. Hill, Hubert H. Humphrey, the Mayo Brothers, Harold Stassen and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

About Minnesota Masonic Charities:

Among the largest grant-making organizations in the state, Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) is the nonprofit charitable organization of Minnesota Masonry.

It promotes greater levels of Masonic charity by uniting and combining contributions to charitable causes, as well as directly aiding Masons, their families, and society, through its grants and services supporting social services, health care, medical research and education.

MMC's total charitable grants average nearly $5.6 million a year, as part of yearly services totaling nearly $70 million.