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The Signal Mountain Lions Club is pleased to announce the continuation of the “Signal Mountain Lions Club Student Scholarship Program”. For the 2007-08 school year, the Signal Mountain Lions Club will award two $500 annual scholarships to students residing in the 37377 Zip Code area, who have been accepted by or are attending an accredited technical, community or four year college or university.

The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial aid to local students. While the Signal Mountain Lions Club has strong ties to sight preservation programs and wishes to help students with similar interest, eligibility for the scholarship is open to applicants from all areas of study. The award of the scholarships will be based on the applicant’s financial need and academic achievement. The scholarships will be renewable from year to year up to four years, as long as the student remains a full time student and maintains an acceptable grade point average.

Chicago insurance man Melvin Jones organized the Lions Clubs International on June 7, 1917. The motto of the organization became “We Serve”. In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their annual International Convention where she challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since that time, service to the blind and visually impaired has become one of the association’s most significant activities. That crusade has resulted in the establishment of “Sight First,” a global blindness prevention program and many other programs providing services to the visually impaired. The Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest and most active service club organization.

Following the motto “We Serve”, the Signal Mountain Lions Club has been an active sponsor of community sight preservation programs since it was chartered in 1958. For the last 47 years, the club has led many fund raising efforts to support local, national and international programs in Sight First, Diabetes Awareness, Sight Conservation and Work with the Blind.

The scholarship program is just one of the many current efforts to support the Signal Mountain community. Ongoing programs include the sponsorship of the 4th of July Fireworks display, grants to the Signal Mountain Welfare Council, Signal Mountain Police and Fire Departments, the Walden Ridge Emergency Services, the Signal Mountain Public Library, Bachman Community Center, Mountain Arts Community Center, Hamilton County Sight Service and Eye Bank programs and most recently and still on going the “Kid Sight” photo vision screening program for all children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years.

An application for the scholarship is available from local high school college placement counselors or directly from the club. Write to Signal Mountain Lions Club, P.O. Box 134, Signal Mountain, TN 37377, call the scholarship chairman, Mr. Chris Cole at , or by email to: .

The deadline for application is April 15, 2006. Students must send the application form and a copy of the front page of the students FAFSA Report to the Signal Mountain Lions Club, P.O. Box 134, Signal Mountain, TN 37409.

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