The Supreme Council, Freemasons, offers the Shepherd Scholarships of $1,500 per year toward tuition costs. Scholarships are for a maximum of four years, or upon earning a degree if that be sooner, and are offered by the Supreme Council each year to U.S. citizens only, who are studying in accredited schools within the United States. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the earnings of the Shepherd Scholarship Fund. The objective of this scholarship is to aid worthy candidates in obtaining baccalaureate or graduate degrees in fields associated with service to country and generally perceived as benefiting the human race. Masonic background is not required.