To the Moon & Back Foundation, Inc. Theresa Moon Memorial Pay It Forward Scholarship

To the Moon & Back Foundation, Inc. is built on the mission to “Pay it forward today to make a better tomorrow!” The Foundation was launched in the spirit of Lorain, Ohio native and Lorain City Schools alumna, Ms. Theresa “Tippie” Moon. We are committed to implementing initiatives in honor of Ms. Moon focused on education, health and community engagement to achieve our vision of changing communities through the power of giving. Our goal for offering scholarships is to provide assistance to further your growth whether that is within a four-year college, trade school, vocational school, or specialty program such as dance, culinary, music, etc.

• Class of 2023 Graduating Senior of Clearview High School, Elyria High School, or Lorain High School (Lorain, OH). 

• Accepted as a full-time student to an accredited four-year college or university or specialty program (e.g. art, culinary, dance school, etc.) beginning Fall 2023. 

Complete application packages must be received by Monday, March 17, 2023

The Scholarship Committee will review only those applications that are complete with supporting documents and meet all scholarship requirements. For your application to be complete you must submit the below. Please be sure your application includes all requirements before submitting:


Scholarship application form submitted via Google Docs.  

Essay (500 words or less) on specified topic. Must be written in English.

Copy or screenshot of college acceptance letter.


*Winners will be required to submit a headshot photo (JPEG or PNG file) and a 60 seconds or less thank you video (any MP4 format).

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We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Lorain has a rich history of celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Tell us in 500 words or less, how you will continue to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your academic studies.  

Upload a copy, screenshot or photo of your college acceptance letter.*

Here’s a scholarship writing resource you may find helpful as you write your application:  

We want to see you succeed! Wishing you the best of luck.


Andrew Engle

Andrew Engle, Lorain Clearview High School Class of 2019, Valparaiso University

Andrew Engle, class of 2019 Lorain Clearview High School, is a leader in the classroom, on the field, and in his community. He dedicates his time and leadership skills in various capacities including Class President (9th-11th grades), Varsity Football Team Captain, Blue Crew leader, reading group leader, Forensics team leader, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Powder Puff coach, Mary Lee Tucker volunteer, and Clearview Youth Football mentor. Andrew’s academic goals are to study Exercise Science as a student at Valparaiso University’s innovative Injury Prevention Program and then advance his education by pursuing a master’sdegree in Physical Occupational Therapy. Andrew’s passion for promoting youth literacy inspired him to establish a reading program in partnership with Vincent Elementary School-which he plans to continue at Valparaiso University. Andrew’s career goal is to “have a positive impact on the athletic communities in the areas of physical therapy or athletic training.”

DeAndre Morgan

DeAndre Morgan, Lorain High School, Class of 2020, Cleveland Institute of Art

DeAndre Morganis an artistically talented scholar at Lorain High School. In his role as the band leader photographer, he volunteers his impeccable skills to capture those special band moments. DeAndre gives back to his Lorain County community as an Assistant Boy Scout Leader. DeAndre will attend the internationally recognized Cleveland Institute of Art’s Fine Arts Degree Program and major in Illustration. His ultimate goal is to use his art to inspire people to do their best. DeAndre’s career goal is to work at Disney as an Illustrator.

Devin Ortiz

Devin Ortiz, Lorain High School Class of 2021, West Virginia University

Devin Ortiz is enthusiastic to attend West Virginia University to study Graphic Design and master his artistic skills, as well as excel in his academic and professional aspirations. Devin anticipates using his multimedia skills as a tool to inspire his generation by spreading positivity and making the world a better place. After graduating from West Virginia University, Devin desires to pursue an internship at Disney and work for smaller end companies to gain experience and prepare him for a successful career as an art director. He is committed to paying it forward. Devin said, “My number one goal in life is to be able to give back to my family and to the community for helping me become a better person and supporting my dreams.”

Madilyn Love

Madilyn Love, Clearview High School Class of 2020, Youngstown University-Lorain County Community College University Partnership Program

Madilyn Love is an active student leader of Clearview High School’s class of 2020. She is a triple varsity letterman in basketball, volleyball and track. Madilyn serves her community as National Honor Society President and a Suicide Prevention Advocate and Fundraiser. Madilyn will study Medical Laboratory Biology at Youngstown University-Lorain County Community College University Partnership Program. As a proud registered member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Madilyn will use her talent and passion to become health care detective who will conduct medical research to help cure diseases-with a special interest on the Native American community. The message, “make the world a better place” that Madilyn learned during her Girl Scout years left a lasting impression that continues to inspire her belief to “act in a way to benefit others and make the world a better place.”