Our Scholarship Fund Mission

The Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Youth Services Committee is based upon the conviction that an educated society is essential to a healthy democracy. The Half Moon Bay YSC, which has been in operation for over a decade, provides access to post-secondary education to members of our community who otherwise would not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals.

The Odd Fellows see higher education as a catalyst, an agent of change for individuals, families, communities, and nations. We envision a community that recognizes the importance of educational attainment and assures positive educational outcomes are accessible to all regardless of economic circumstance. In our community, doors will not be closed to those who lack financial resources, and post-secondary education will be available to all with the potential to succeed.

To build this community, the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows will:

  • Promote and provide financial support for post-secondary education;
  • Assure that students have the information necessary to make sound financial decisions;
  • Lead a collaborative network of community and educational partners aligned to support student preparation, transition, and persistence to degree completion.

To those who share our vision, Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows offers opportunities and advocacy of continuing educational opportunity without financial barriers.

Types of Scholarships:
The Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows offer a range of scholarships to students pursuing different fields of study. However, some focus areas include:

  • Academic Scholarships
    Each year, we recognize academic excellence and the pursuit of worthy education initiatives including but not limited to science, math and software programming. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, career changes, people of color and students overcoming obstacles.
  • Jill Forester Giacomino Scholarship
    In memory of Jill Forester Giacomino, this scholarship is awarded to provide financial support to future teachers pursuing their dreams of caring for and teaching young children. Eligible candidates must be working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in early childhood education. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, career changes, people of color, and students overcoming obstacles.
  • Abe Engel Scholarship for Pilarcitos High School Musicians
     Each year, the Rebekah Lodge recognizes outstanding young musicians currently studying at Pilarcitos High School. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $1000 prize.

The All-Seeing Eye


To us, the all-seeing eye represents the universal spiritual presence that is embodied in all of us as we do good work for our community, for our environment, and for all humanity.

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Our Address

Ocean View Lodge 143
526 Main Street
PO Box 712
Half Moon Bay
CA 94019

Phone: 650-712-0718