February is African American History Month. For many Farther Foundation students it is a time to reflect back on the proud history of their culture, but an even better time to look forward to the impact they will have in their communities and in the world. We started with students who were ready to learn and ended with students who are ready to lead. We are pleased to share some of their stories with you this month.
In 2011, Lester used his Farther Foundation scholarship to travel to Peru with The Road Less Traveled on a program of cultural exploration and outdoor adventure.
Upon his return, Lester told us,
“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. The people there help everyone they can because they know that you will then help them when they need it.”
Lester’s experience in Peru played a major part in his college application essays. He eventually chose to attend Bradley University where is now a junior majoring in international business. He also continues to practice “minca” by paying it forward as part of the service club.
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.