The Maryland Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star has TWO scholarship opportunites - one through our Eastern Star Scholarship Foundation and a second through ESTARL.


The Eastern Star Scholarship Foundation is a charitable tax exempt organization. Donations are tax deductible under section 50l(c3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation's fiscal year starts on October 1 and ends the following September 30th. Donations received within this period will be applied to scholarships granted in the spring immediately following the September fiscal closing. All monies received after that will be applied to the following year. NON-DISCRIMINATION is an absolute policy of this Foundation! Amounts of the awards made are based on availabilitv of funds in each year.


This award is RENEWABLE by request on an annual basis.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available on this website sometime in early 2021.


A. Awards are made to students preparing for leadership in various fields of religious service including Ministers, Missionaries, Directors of Church Music, and Directors of Religious Education or Youth.

B. Awards may vary in amount and will be determined by the ESTARL Committee on the basis of funds available, number of applicants, and ability and need of the individual.

C. Awards are outright gifts and are made for one year. Consideration may be given for future awards on the basis of eligibility and availability.

D. Award winners are notified by letter. A check in the amount of the award is sent to the school for the use of the student. The money is issued primarily for tuition, but may be used for other educational expenses such as room and board.


A. Applicants must be a resident of Maryland or a Maryland High School graduate.

B. Applicants must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in an institution of higher education that has an accredited program in the particular field of religious service.

C. Applicants do not need to be full-time students but priority will be given to those students who plan to enter full-time religious service.

D. Applicants will be judged on their scholarship, character, leadership qualities, and financial need.

E. Applicants do not need to have a Masonic or Eastern Star affiliation.

F. Eligibility will be determined by the ESTARL Committee and all decisions are final.

G. Applications are due by March 15. Decisions are made in April and checks are mailed to the school over the summer.


ESTARL Scholarship Application - PDF Download