RW James H. Rice Memorial Scholarship

The OSY District will once again be presenting academic scholarships to High School Seniors in the Ontario Seneca and Yates county school districts.

This scholarship is in memory of RW James H. Rice. Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Grand Historian and long time mentor to many brothers in the district. His love of history, education and youth will live on for future generations in the form of these scholarships.

The following is taken directly from the Scholarship application:

About James H. Rice

Mr. Rice was all about family and community.  He served his community in many roles.  He was the village of Rushville and town of Potter Justice of the Peace.  He served as the Mayor of Rushville.  He was on the Board of Deacons for the Rushville Congregational church for 30 years as well as its secretary.  He had is amateur radio operators license and before the time of cell phones, volunteered as emergency communications for many marathons, iron man competitions, bike races and the Ontario County emergency planning committee.

Later in life he found his greatest joy in the Masons as well as his fondness for history.  He served on the board of directors for the Yates County Historical Society.  Volunteered at the Ontario County Historical Society.  And, was a founding member of the Rushville History Room serving as the village historian.  He was instrumental in creating the wall of honor.  The wall includes pictures and years of service of men and women from the surrounding area who served in the armed forces from the Revolutionary War until the present.   He was also the Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of Free and accepted Masons of the State of New York.  He enjoyed mentoring and teaching his fellow brother Masons in the history of the Masons and the rituals of the Fraternity.



The portrait of RW James H. Rice pictured above was done by Nancy Lane. Please see the following link to her website if you are interested in seeing more of her work or wish to contact her.