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To The Moon and Back Foundation accepting applications for scholarships

The Theresa Moon Pay It Forward Scholarship will select two students from Lorraine Schools.

The To The Moon & Back Foundation is preparing to distribute two scholarships to graduating seniors in Lorraine.

The To the Moon & Back Foundation was founded by Tamera Moon in honor of her mother, Theresa “Tippi” Moon.

“The Foundation is a love letter to my mother,” Moon said. “She is a native of Lauren, so I wanted to make sure I’m giving back to the community.”

Theresa Munn died of a rare form of cancer, liposarcoma.

The foundation, which is located in both Lorraine and Atlanta, has three main pillars: health. education; and community participation.

“Our job is to push it forward today for a better tomorrow,” Moon said. “Given my background in public health and her death from a rare form of cancer, health is very important to us.”

In 2017, the foundation adopted Garfield Elementary School in Lorraine.

“Education is the center of everything. My mother attended, and so did I, Garfield, so she is special to us,” Moon said. “We started with a breakfast where people donate school supplies to students, and we’ve really evolved since then.”

The Theresa Moon Pay It Forward Scholarship began five years ago.

“When choosing the winners, we look at the complete package,” Moon said. “It’s a blind process and grading isn’t something we think about, so the essay gets really heavy.”

Moon said this year’s article focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

“One of the things I love about Lauren is that she’s really a melting pot and you can see the unity within our community,” she said. “I am very interested in seeing what students have to say about DEI, and how they will apply it in their further academic studies.”

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be a graduate of Lorraine High School, Clearview High School, or Illyria High School.

“We are excited that this is the first year that the scholarship is expanded to include Illyria,” Moon said. “Our reach is really expanding, so we want to support as many students as possible.”

The $500 scholarship provides assistance to students for further growth in a four-year college, trade school, vocational school, or specialty program.

“Whether a student chooses a traditional college or not is not important, nor does it determine their future,” Moon said. “We want to make sure we are inclusive and able to help students who may not be receiving other scholarships.”

The last date to apply for this scholarship is March 14th.

For more information, please contact info@ttmab.org.

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