This is an exciting time of year for Farther Foundation, our 2011 scholars are preparing for their summer adventures, while several of our alumni from past years are making their college plans for next fall.
Here is where this year’s graduates will attend college in the fall:
Abby University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Angelicca Pomona College
Chandrea Knox College
Dolores Augustana College
Eddie Wilbur Wright Community College
Gabriel Tufts University
Michell Vassar College
Ulises University of Illinois – College of Engineering
The diversity of college types and locations indicate that our travel scholarship alumni felt sufficiently prepared, confident and empowered to explore all the options available to them and choose the best fit according to their interests, skills and circumstances.
Why is this important? David Leonhardt wrote recently in the New York Times: “The truth is that many of the most capable low- and middle-income students attend community colleges or less selective four-year colleges close to their home. Doing so makes them less likely to graduate from college at all, research has shown. Incredibly, only 44 percent of low-income high school seniors with high standardized test scores enroll in a four-year college, according to a Century Foundation report — compared with about 50 percent of high-income seniors who have average test scores. “The extent of wasted human capital,” wrote the report’s authors, Anthony P. Carnevale and Jeff Strohl, “is phenomenal.”
Several of our alumni are or will be attending some of the most selective and demanding colleges in the country, almost all have selected four-year institutions and most will be attending schools far from home. The research cited above points to all of these as indicators of future success and at Farther Foundation we know that the enrichment travel experiences of our students provide them and their families with the knowledge and confidence to seek opportunities from the broadest array of choices available.
That is why we expect such great things from our alumni no matter what they choose to pursue beyond high school. Whether they go immediately to an elite college or start near home at a community college, they have chosen with their eyes open, aware of their options and opportunities and prepared to pursue a plan for success.
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.