Unfortunately, some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities.
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college. — National Summer Learning Association
Summertime is a crossroads for students, and an ideal time for personal growth. Without proper opportunities however, summer all too often becomes a period of stagnation or backsliding. Farther Foundation is a charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.
Our scholarship application deadline is March 31st and the applications have been pouring in. There is a whole world waiting for eager students to discover and a wide variety of programs to take them there. Here are a few examples of programs that our applicants are exploring:
Community Service and Spanish Immersion in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (The Road Less Traveled): Includes community service projects in a small Andean community, practicing and improving Spanish, exploring Quito and the Otavalo Market, whitewater rafting and hiking to hidden waterfalls in the Amazon Rainforest.
Mini Medical School (University of Rochester): This rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning at local clinics. Students will have hands-on exposure to the clinical, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, providing a real taste of the medical school experience.
Exploring Israel while working and interacting with people with special needs (Yachad): Yad B’Yad is a uniquely inclusive touring program that takes mainstream high school students together with young adults with special needs on a tour of Israel.
The Farther Foundation website maintains a searchable directory of educational travel programs designed to help students make the most of their summer.