The Oak Ridge Lions Club has awarded scholarships to four Oak Ridge High School graduates in 2022: Anisia Ragin, Gabriella Espada, Jacob Bergen and Kenneth “Joey” Monroe. Each student’s school will receive $500 for tuition.
“These students were our winners out of 106 applications we received,” said Lion Larry Losh, chair of the scholarship committee, in a press release. “We are delighted that so many students have shown interest and applied.
“The committee and I were very impressed with the accomplishments of these four youngsters,” added Losh. “We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavours.
Losh continued, “We are delighted to award scholarships to this diverse group of students. They have shown the hard work and accomplishments needed to get to this point in their lives.
Ragin will attend Middle Tennessee State University. She specializes in engineering technology. While in high school, she served on the prom board and volunteered at Oak Ridge Preschool.
Espada will attend East Tennessee State University. She is majoring in nursing, with the goal of earning a master’s degree as a medical assistant. In high school, she was a member of the Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) and the National Honor Society (NHS).
Bergen will attend Maryville College. He majored in biology and later wanted to become a doctor and surgeon. In high school he played football, was in the orchestra and was a member of the NHS.
Monroe will attend Tennessee College of Applied Technology for welding. He wants to make a career in the Navy and become a welder. In high school he raced track and was in the Naval Junior ROTC.
Losh chaired the selection committee consisting of Lions Ron Bugos, Ann Rigell, Bob Smallridge and George Smith.
During the 2022-2023 school year, the Oak Ridge Lions Club plans to award additional scholarships to ORHS graduates in the class of 2023. Future seniors are encouraged to apply.
Lions Clubs work with the visually impaired and blind by supporting programs such as Tennessee School For The Blind, Tennessee School for the Deaf, East Tennessee Eye Bank, and Lead Dog Training. The organization also works to support diabetes awareness and combat the spread of measles.
The Oak Ridge Lions Club meets via Zoom on the second Monday of the month. The club meets at noon on the fourth Monday of the month at Shoney’s Restaurant, with a Zoom option available. For more information, contact the club at (865) 297-3251.