Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)

Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL) was established the General Grand Chapter October 1952. Iowa Grand Chapter adopted the program at its Grand Chapter meeting in 1953 and Iowa's first grants were given in 1954.


It is familiarly known as “ESTARL”, the first letter of each word of the formal title.


This grant program was established to encourage and assist those preparing for full time Christian service. Awards are made ONLY to sutudents preparing for leadership in religious servce, such as: minister., missionalry, directro of church music, church youth leadership, religious education and other types of full-time religious service.


The ESTARL fund is funded each year by voluntary gifts and memorials given by chapters and individual members across the state and from selected projects. 


Grand Chapter of Iowa, Order of the Eastern Star ESTARL application
ESTARL: Eastern Star Training Award for Religious Leadership







The applicant must complete the official application by the April 15 deadline


The applicant must have completed at least three (3) years of post secondary education with satisfactory scholastic standing in an accredited institution.


The applicant must be a resident of the State of Iowa. (If the applicant was a resident of Iowa before attending school or if her/his parents are Iowa residents, this constitutes residency.)


The applicant need not be of Eastern Star or Masonic affiliation. However, at least one of reference must be from and Eastern Star member or a Mason.


Grade transcripts must be post marked no later that June 30 of the year the award is requested.




Complete the application form. Application form mst be typed or neatly printed.


Include financial statement as explained in the application form.


Three letters of recommendation. (One must be from an Eastern Star member or a Mason (Please disignate which letter if from the Eastern Star member or Mason.)


No later than June 30 of the year the award is applied for:


A complete and official transcript of your grades, including the most recent semester completed.


Be sure to include your summer address and contact information such as telephone number, so we can reach you to notify you of any award given. The awards and checks will be mailed directly to you following our July meeting.

All required documents should be mailed to:

Robert L. Burch, President
Eastern Star Educational Board
1414 Meadows Drive
Norwalk, IA 50211-1112

NOTE: The Order of the Eastern Star does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or religious beliefs, in the administration of it’s scholarship program.


Awards are made only to students preparing for leadership in a field or fields of religious service, as that of a minister, missionary, director of church music, youth leadership, religious education and other types of full-time Christian service. 


The Educational Board of Iowa Grand Chapter meets in July to determine awards for the year.  Your application and as much information relevant to it, must be received before the April 15th deadline date.


If you receive an award, you will be notified as soon as possible after our July meeting. Therefore, please send a summer address and telephone number if it differs from the address listed at the top of the application. The awards and checks will be mailed directly to you.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the board member listed above.