Scholarship story – setting his sights on the moon

Our Stories

We recently received an email from one of our 1st-year REEFies, who is also part of our scholarship program. After submitting a scholarship form, we purchased a telescope for Matt*. Matt is a wonderful young person who, after participating in only three programs at Cottage, has really grown and benefitted from this wonderful program. Receiving letters like this one below from program participants reinforces that the work Cottage by the Sea is doing with these young people is life-changing.

I am writing to say thank you very much for the telescope and accessories that I received from you as part of the REEF Camp Scholarship. I have been interested in space since early 2020 and ever since, I have been reading space books whenever I can in school and watching YouTube videos at home to increase my knowledge. I have been to the Melbourne Planetarium multiple times, which I have loved! With this telescope, I have been able to see Saturn’s rings and its moon Titan. I can also see four of Jupiter’s moons. When the moon was bright, I could get insane close-up images of our Earth’s moon. I have taken this photo with my phone through the telescope. This telescope will help me become an astrophotographer or an astronomer so THANK YOU, I appreciate this opportunity.

Letter from scholarship recipient

*Name has been changed