Christopher is a senior at De La Salle High School in Chicago and a participant in the Highsight program, one of the great organizations we partner with to provide academic and social support to students from low-income families in Chicago.
In his scholarship application to Farther Foundation, Christopher said he wanted to travel abroad so he could, “assist people in need to the best of my abilities” and “open my eyes and experience what else there is in this world besides what I encounter on a daily basis.”
Farther Foundation awarded Christopher a scholarship that helped him travel to Argentina on a four-week community service program with Putney Student Travel. Upon his return Christopher shared some of his thoughts and experiences with us:
My experience has taught me that there are a lot of things to look forward to in life and that hope is never absent in someone’s life regardless of their life status and positions. I have been motivated by what I experienced, thinking about the things I am capable of doing for others and if I was to put myself in a position to make a difference, how I really could.
I will forever remember the boy named Jose who told me “Cristobal, porfavor ben a visitarnos cuando te haces el presidente de los Estados Unidos… Nosotros somos tus amigos y queremos que regreses, no nos olvides”. That translates to “Chris, please come back and visit us when you are the President of the United States… we are your friends and we want you to return.”
Farther Foundation was formed to help students break free from the constraints of poverty and gain experiences that propel them toward their highest aspirations. We provide opportunities for eager and deserving students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.
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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.