Last week, Farther Foundation hosted students, educators and supporters at its annual celebration. Guests enjoyed food and drink, bid on auction items and participated in a raffle all while supporting enrichment travel opportunities for eager and deserving students.
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 recipients engaged in programs as diverse and far-ranging as participating in a cultural exploration in China to learning CSI science at George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Assembled guests were treated to inspiring presentations. Lester, a senior at De LaSalle High School, spoke of his summer program in Peru where he spent four weeks exploring some of the historic and geographic wonders of the land and also participated in a volunteer work project. Lester learned how people with so little are able to survive,
“When I was there my guide told us of a concept called “minca”, which means that if I help you out today then you will help me out tomorrow. This, to me, is a very thought-provoking concept because most people don’t believe in things like this in America. The people there help everyone they can because they know that you will then help them when they need it.”
Farther Foundation president David Weindling described enrichment travel opportunities as more than just a spark for aspiring students, but as tipping point experiences from which students never look back but propel themselves onward with confidence and the expectation of greater things ahead.
Over the past three years Farther Foundation has awarded scholarships that enabled 48 deserving students to travel to 21 countries on 6 continents and return home as leaders and inspirations to their families, schools and communities. Of all past scholarship recipients now college-age, 23 of 24 graduated high school on-time (the 24th will graduate at the end of the current semester), and all 21 of the students who still maintain contact with Farther Foundation are currently enrolled in college.
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.