Education and Charitable Foundation

Education and Charitable Foundation

The Western Fraternal Life Association Education and Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It was formed to allow individuals to make tax-deductible donations to provide financial support toward the continued education of members and to support charitable purposes within the meaning of the I.R.C. 501(c)(3).

Why should you donate?
By making a donation, you will help members for years to come because only the interest earned from all the contributions will be used to fund scholarships. Higher education costs are continually increasing and many youth cannot afford to follow their dreams. As the scholarship fund grows, more scholarships will be available to members.

How can you make a donation?
Contributions can be made in the form of cash, as the named beneficiary on a life insurance or annuity certificate or from the transfer of assets, i.e.…stocks, bonds, real estate or mutual funds. (Please consult your tax adviser for these types of transfers.)

Click here to download a contribution form.

Can you make a donation in memory of a relative?
Yes, donations can be given in the memory of deceased members, or to honor birthdays and anniversaries. Their name and your name, if you choose, will be included in the society magazine, the Fraternal Herald.

Can a lodge make a donation?
Yes, lodges can contribute by holding a fundraiser or donating a portion of their quarterly grant or cash.

Who can receive a foundation scholarship?
The regulations and application follows the same guidelines as the National Scholarship:

  • The applicant must be a member in good standing for two years prior to the application deadline.
  • Individuals may apply each year for the scholarships.
  • Applicants must be accepted by or enrolled in an accredited secondary school.
  • Recipients of a state and lodge scholarships will also be eligible for the Foundation's scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on academic ability, community and lodge involvement, and financial need.
  • The application must be received by March 1st.
  • Termination of membership will automatically terminate the scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be made directly to each student’s school for tuition and books.

Western will screen applications for eligibility as a member in good standing for two years, but will not engage in making evaluations or selections. The winners will be decided by an independent scholarship committee. Applications are available September 15–March 1 by calling 1-877-wflains or download an application by clicking here. Download an application. Scholarships are awarded in May for the fall term.

If you have questions, who should you contact?
The official registration and financial information concerning the foundation can be obtained upon request in writing or by phone. The information is also available for inspection at the Home Office during normal business hours. You may contact Jack Minder at the Home Office at 1-877-wflains or by e-mail.

2016 Winners

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Elise Nyenhuis
No. 44, Hayward, MN
Buena Vista University
Carl and Stella Ruzek Scholarship 

Colin Wade
No. 29, Prague, NE
Concordia University 


WFLA Education and Charitable Foundation
1900 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
1-877-wflains • (319) 363-2653