Since its founding in 2008, Latina girls have been Farther Foundation’s largest group of scholarship applicants and recipients. That is one reason why Farther Foundation is so pleased to have added a new voice to its Board of Directors. Griselda Garibay brings great and diverse experience to the board along with her passion to empower youth to meet their potential as culturally skilled and global leaders. Farther Foundation looks forward to the benefit of her experience, leadership, unique point of view and inspiration to the students we serve.
Mrs. Garibay is a proponent and an example of the benefits of educational travel experiences on future academic and career success. As a first generation college student, she greatly benefited from travel throughout her academic experience to expand her personal and professional horizons. On her way to an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from DePaul University, she spent three semesters studying French as a Second Language in Québec City, Québec, and later, as part of her graduate degree in International Business, studied in France visiting and assessing multiple companies. Mrs. Garibay in fluent in English, Spanish and French, and is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Mrs. Garibay notes, “Students currently face an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Educational travel is critical to providing them with an edge while helping them to define their place in society and discover new possibilities.”
Mrs. Garibay has served as a project management consultant to organizations in both for-profit and not-for-profit arenas. As a director of regional and national programs for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), she initiated and directed programs and partnerships of outreach and support to promote academic success and professional advancement in the Latino community. “To date, my experience creating and implementing programs for the advancement of youth, has been the most challenging and fulfilling of my professional career,” states Mrs. Garibay.
Farther Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping students from economically disadvantaged circumstances explore interests, expand horizons, gain inspiration and elevate aspirations for leadership and success. In 2009 and 2010, Farther Foundation provided scholarships for 32 deserving students to travel to 16 countries on six continents and participate in programs of cultural and language immersion, scientific exploration, building projects and service to indigenous communities, leadership training and outdoor adventure.