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Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Masonic lodge announces scholarship recipients

The Mt. Juneau-Gastineaux Masonic Lodge No. 21 announced five new Raymond and Jessie Stevens' Trust Scholarships recipients June 1 at Juneau-Douglas High School. This year's scholarship grants will bring the total amount awarded by the local Masonic lodge to $332,000.

Scholarship committee members Russell Shivers and Stephen Wright presented the awards at this year's Juneau senior awards night. This year's new recipients are Natalie Hale, Gabriel Kelley, Anadel Piol, Ben Robinson and Kacie Timothy.

The students received a new Dell laptop computer and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is renewable over the next four years upon verification of satisfactory academic progress. The scholarship currently serves 30 college students.

The scholarship trust was endowed in 1995 by Rae Stevens Hoops in honor of her parents, Jesse and Raymond Stevens, former residents of Juneau and members of the local Masonic Bodies. Jesse Stevens ran a dress shop for many years on Second Street in downtown Juneau. She established the trust to assist graduating Juneau area high school seniors. Hoops and her husband, former Juneau Mayor Stephen Hoops, now live in Santa Barbara, Calif. The scholarship trust has provided assistance to 30 students per year since 1995.

"This year we decided to expand the award to new recipients by giving them a new computer," said Shivers, master of the Masonic lodge. "A new computer is a necessity for incoming college freshmen today. We believe this will allow our recipients to use their college funds for other essentials, like tuition."

"We are grateful to Mrs. Hoops for endowing this scholarship and allowing us to assist some of Juneau-Douglas' top high school scholars, and it should be noted that Mrs. Hoops set up a similar trust for the Juneau Elks Lodge as her father also belonged to that organization," Shivers said.

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