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    WELCOME TO THE FREDA L. THOMAS SCHOLARSHP FUND.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. serves as the inspiration for this scholarship program.

    I was baptized and raised in Dr. King’s church, Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta, Georgia.

    I spent my formative years at Ebenezer, listening to Dr. King’s eloquent and fiery speeches, declaring that everyone must do their part to address the disparities in our nation. Dr. King said that we should seek civil liberties for all, to feed the hungry, and live to love and serve humanity. His principles of human equality resonated throughout each sermon, leaving an indelible impression on me.

    Because of Dr. King’s influence, early in my life I made the commitment to do my part to try and make life better for others.

    Through this scholarship program, I have the opportunity to demonstrate empathy and support for my fellow man or woman, just like Dr. King.

    I can help bridge the gap between high school students living under economically challenged conditions, helping them to transcend their circumstances while using education scholarships as the catalyst.

    With the return to work program, persons living in shelters who have been out of work for an extended period, can get job training and connect with mentors who are available to help them navigate their way back into the work environment.

    Through these programs, a life can be made better through greater exposure to learning and opportunities that can help them excel and grow.

    Through these programs, I will further my commitment to serve humanity, fueled by Dr. King’s vision and compelled to help influence a life for the better. Freda L. Thomas

    “I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity”-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.