As we arrive at the turn of another year, Farther Foundation resolves to continue to provide opportunities for deserving students to have life changing experiences across the country and around the world. We would like to thank all of our supporters whose donations and encouragement make all that we do possible.
During 2010, sixteen students received Farther Foundation scholarships to participate in programs on six continents. They provided community service in Korea and Argentina, learned French and lived with a host family in France, tested their mettle against the rugged geography of New Zealand, dug for dinosaur fossils in South Dakota, immersed themselves in the art and cultural history of Uganda and much more.
We’ve already shared in previous blog posts some of what our students had to say about their experiences. Here is some of what we’ve heard from travel program providers, parents, and our 2009 alumni who have now gone off to college:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! I am enjoying my college experience and I have survived my first semester as a freshman already. I am currently involved in fencing, Vista (spanish club), Tango club, and Eucharistic ministry for the church. I took English class, Biology 101, Calculus, and a Women’s and Gender Studies class.
— Nitza traveled to Argentina in the summer of 2009, she is now a Freshman at Williams College in Massechussettes
This was a new experience for us as well because this was the first time he left the house alone to a place he had never been to before. This was a positive experience because I have seen, since he returned, that he is more responsible in his decisions. This program gave us all an experience that helped us. I now have an idea of what it would be like if Ulises were to leave again.
— Benigna, mother of Ulises who traveled to New Zealand for six weeks this past summer
She was really one of our gems in the crowd. Her motivation and can-do attitude were very infectious to our staff, and her name resonated throughout the program (all in positive ways). I think that we’ll be able to offer another partial scholarship to the Farther Foundation if you’re able to find another great student like Nora!
— Jeremy Updike, Director of Summer Programs, Carleton College about Nora who participated in their Summer Science Institute
I felt that this program has changed my daughter in multiple ways. She came back with a better grasp of how college and being on your own would be like. She has taken on a better knowledge of the outside world and her surroundings. This program really helped her figure out what type of school she would be interested in and why. It helped her come to the conclusion that she wants to go to a competitive, middle size school. This program was a must in my daughter’s life and Farther Foundation made it happen.
— Veronica, mother of Chelsea who participated in a summer pre-med program at Vanderbilt University in 2009 and is now a freshman at Colgate University
The University of Chicago is great! I’m really glad I decided to come here. We’re about halfway done with the first quarter and I’m enjoying all of my classes as well as campus life.
— Anna traveled to peru in 2009 and is now enjoying life as a student at University of Chicago
Thank you again to all our supporters. It is not too late to make a tax deductible contribution that will benefit your 2010 taxes and our 2011 scholarship budget. Visit our website to donate via credit card online or send us a check in the mail. If you would like to hear about our activities more often (about twice per month) visit the Farther Foundation Facebook page and “Like” us.
Happy New Year,
Founder and President, Farther Foundation