The Universities Scheme

“Freemasonry has given me that meaning which I have sought for so long ever since I embarked upon my Masonic journey in the University Lodge of the West Indies under the Universities Scheme of the United Grand Lodge of England. The scheme is an initiative aimed at securing the future of the Craft through providing opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students and other members of university communities across the world to become involved in the craft. The scheme was set up in 2005 following 200 years of tradition with the Apollo University Lodge founded at Oxford and the Isaac Newton University Lodge founded at Cambridge. The University Lodge of the West Indies can however be said to be before it’s time in that it was founded by the late Dr. Francis Haddon Bowen as a Lodge for his students who were from all over the Caribbean to be members of the craft in 1951. The University Lodge of the West Indies has therefore always been a Lodge for students and staff, past and present, of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Dr. Bowen, who was the founding member and first Master of the Lodge, had also wanted the Lodge to meet on campus due to its membership. Founding members of the Lodge came from Antigua, Guyana, Curacao, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad as Dr. Bowen also had further Caribbean integration in mind when he was forming the Lodge. Dr. Bowen was the first Head of the Department of Physics at the University of the West Indies, Mona and a former District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The University Lodge of the West Indies /Francis Haddon Bowen Scholarship now stands in his honor to assist a student pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Science and Technology (departments of Computer Science or Physics or Electronics).”

Contributed by a University Scheme initiate.