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Volunteer Spotlight: Tramell Moore

Tramell Moore graduated from CPS’ Manley Career Academy in 2011. As a Wentcher Scholar he attended UIUC and graduated in 2015 with a degree in History. Following undergrad he taught with Teach for America and is currently attending DePaul Law School where he is President of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). Tramell volunteers with the Wentcher Foundation every year as a reviewer and interviewer for new Wentcher Scholars.


Why do you volunteer with the Wentcher Foundation? 

For my family and where I come from, without programs like Wentcher it simply wouldn’t have been possible for me to attend college. This is an opportunity for me to give back.

Tell us about your experience interviewing scholars.

I am personally very intimidated when I meet the new scholars, they get better and better every year! I honestly don’t know how I would have fared if I had to interview currently, the new scholars constantly surprise me with their talents and achievements.

Why volunteer? What advice would you give to a Wentcher Scholar Alum that hasn’t volunteered before.

While it is time consuming, it’s important to think about how beneficial it can be to both you and the student. I feel so good after I do it! By helping of the program, it is building efficiency. We want programs like this to keep going, and direct as much of their staff resources and funding directly to students. Also, we as alums are really some of the best people to serve as interviewers as we can reflect and share our program experience.

The Wentcher Foundation engages the support of over 75 volunteers each selection season including Wentcher Scholar Alumni, Board Members, and local professionals. To learn more, visit our Get Involved page.

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Author: Nia Harris

Currently living in NYC, Nia Harris is a NYU graduate and Fulbright Scholar working for the Wentcher Foundation as the Program Associate. She writes for her own blog, Nashari which you can find here.

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