MADEIRA BEACH – Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge recently presented its annual Albert T. and Tupper MacMillan Scholarship, supported by the Ernest J. Freeman Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship was presented to Harlie Ireland, a graduating senior at Keswick Christian School in Seminole. Ireland will be attending college in the fall at St. Petersburg College where she will begin her studies in nursing. Ireland has been extremely active in service projects in the community including Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. She is a member of the National Honor Society, female student government representative for the senior class, a member of the Music Honor Society, teacher’s assistant, AWANA leader in training, and a St. Petersburg Juniorette.
Ireland has been a part of the varsity soccer team, varsity track team, Latin Club, and varsity band.
Ernest J. Freeman Jr., Master of Gulf Beach Lodge in 1984, had a vision. This vision was to create a scholarship program that would grant deserving local students funds to assist in their college tuition. It also was his vision to create a program which would be self-perpetuating thereby being a source of assistance well into the future. After the passing of Ernest Freeman the scholarship program was renamed in his memory and has helped support four college students each year since its inception. The annual scholarship winner receives $2,000 to assist in their college or university expenses.