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Danville Lions Foundation

The Danville Lions Foundation Scholarship was established in 2016. This scholarship is for Danville, Pittsylvania, or Caswell County graduates who are pursuing a health-related profession, with a preference for those in a graduate level of study, especially those concentrating in sight and speech/hearing professions.

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. They have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, they are best known for fighting blindness, but also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. They have extended their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through the international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness. In addition, Lions provide vision screening through the Pedia-Vision program in various locations throughout the community.

Lions serve youth. Community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, they offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Leo Programs provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, the Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions are active. Their motto is “We Serve.” Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help local communities.