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December 14, 2010

Early Bird Lions Club donates $2,000 for scholarships at Cowley College


DonationWanting to help others with the opportunity to attend Cowley College, the Early Bird Lions Club in Arkansas City recently donated $2,000 to the school to be used for scholarships.

Lion Scott Cranford, who graduated from what was then known as Arkansas City junior College in 1972, and was a member of the Tiger football teams which went 13-5-2 during his two years at the school, thought perhaps the club would get behind the fundraising for a Cowley Scholarship. He was quite right when he made that assumption as the club jumped on the opportunity.

The club offered the public a chance to help out on the project by supporting the fund raising project that would help one or more people to attend Cowley College. The funding of the project lasted about two months.

“Lion Scott has a soft spot when it comes to helping others and would like to see others have the opportunity that he has had,” Tim Hays, Early Bird Lions Club treasurer said.

Shannon Massey, Cowley College executive director of alumni and development, was grateful for the club’s donation.

 “The Early Bird Lions Club is a great organization with so many thoughtful people,” Massey said. “I truly appreciate them thinking of Cowley College for their gift. They want to help Cowley students with scholarships so we will put that money to good use and help students ease that financial burden.”

Pictured, from left, Jean Donaldson, Early Bird Lions Club president; Shannon Massey, Cowley College executive director of alumni and development; and Tim Hays, Early Bird Lions Club treasurer.