The Cubao Lions Club Scholarship Foundation has been in existence for more than a decade, but its roots can be traced far back into the club’s infancy. During the term of Lion President Andy Dijuanco (LY 1975-’76), Lion Treasurer Ben Sanchez first conceived of the idea wherein all cash balances at the end of every Lion Year should go to a special fund of the club. Under this concept, an incoming administration shall have to start with a zero balance in its finances. The concept was approved and first implemented during the succeeding administration of Lion President Marte Iglesias. From then on, an incoming administration always had to raise its own funds to finance all club projects and activities. At the end of every term, all remaining finances were transferred to the special fund created.

After more than ten years of accumulated financial savings, a resolution establishing the scholarship fund of the Cubao Lions Club was introduced by Lion Ben Sanchez. This resolution was approved in 14 June 1988 under the term of Lion President Benny Rillon, with the objective of providing funds for a continuing program of free education to poor but deserving students. Only the interest earnings of the accumulated savings are used to defray all expenses of the scholarship program. Benefits under the scholarship program include tuition fees, book allowances, and monthly transportation allowances.

During the initial years of the program, two scholars were enrolled at the Mapua Institute of Technology in BS Electrical Engineering. In the course of their studies, however, both were granted scholarships by the Japanese government to pursue degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering in Tokyo, Japan. These scholars had to ask permission from our club to continue their studies under the foreign-sponsored scholarship program instead, to which we readily agreed. The club may have lost two well-deserving scholars at an early stage, but it was certainly also our pride for them to receive scholarship grants which could afford better opportunities not only for their own selves, but also for our country upon completion of their studies.
Many scholars have already graduated under the program, and except for the new graduates, most of these scholars are now gainfully employed in various institutions. Some scholars even started their careers in companies of our own fellow Lions.

On 09 April 1999, during the term of Lion President Louie Encarnacion, another milestone was added to the annals of the club with the incorporation of the Quezon City Cubao Lions Club Scholarship Foundation. Aside from supporting the education of scholars by providing financial assistance, the foundation also aims to create employment opportunities for the scholars, raise additional funds, and undertake relevant programs and projects to implement the foundation’s objectives. The foundation currently has a total accumulated savings of more than P500,000.00, and only the interest earnings of this seed fund are used to support the financial requirements of the scholarship program.

Among the various clubs of Lions International District 301-D2, the Cubao Lions Club has the distinction of being the first, if not the only club which provides college scholarship grants to poor but deserving youth. Once again, the Cubao Lions Club takes pride in being part of this noble endeavor of living up to the ideals of Lionism.

by Lion Sammy Samaniego


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