This past Tuesday, September 28th, Farther Foundation hosted students, educators and supporters at its annual celebration. Chicago’s diverse Wicker Park neighborhood and a delicious palette of tapas from People Lounge provided the fitting backdrop for a celebration of worldwide student adventure and achievement.
Farther Foundation enables students from economically disadvantaged circumstances participate in significant educational travel programs. While traveling, students interact with people from diverse backgrounds, become immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, engage in community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth. This past summer, Farther Foundation scholarship winners participated in programs on six continents where they engaged in activities as diverse as a dinosaur fossil dig in South Dakota and community building projects at indigenous communities in New Zealand.
Assembled guests were treated to presentations from student scholarship recipients. Cherese, a sophomore at John Hope College Prep High School, talked about her experience sailing a tall ship while learning leadership skills and discussing self- and cultural-awareness, “The first thing I learned in this program was the 5 C’s: color, culture, class, character, and context. These benefited me because I never thought about society and what makes me myself.” Angelicca, a senior at St. Ignatius recently returned from a six-week adventure in Thailand where she lived with a host family, participated in community service projects and threw herself wholeheartedly into the local culture, “I did things I never dreamed of and ate things I never thought I would including rat – It really does taste like chicken.”
Farther Foundation president David Weindling reminded guests that though it’s wonderful to hear stories of excitement and adventure, it’s results that matter,”All ten of our 2009 scholarship travelers who have since graduated high school are now in college, several in very selective institutions including University of Chicago, Williams, Vassar, Colgate and University of Wisconsin. Experience makes the larger world real. Participating in a unique endeavor builds confidence. Success fosters higher aspirations for what is possible and greater expectations for what is achievable.”
Over the past two years Farther Foundation has awarded scholarship that enabled 32 deserving students to travel to 6 continents, 16 countries and 10 states and return home as leaders and inspirations to their families, schools and communities.
Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.