It is always a treat to hear from our Farther Foundation alumni and an even bigger treat when we get to see them. I recently had the pleasure of attending a luncheon where one of our alumna, Paula, was awarded a scholarship to pursue a research project as part of her graduate work in public health.
Paula was a member of Farther Foundation’s first scholarship class in 2009. She traveled to Hawaii with The Road Less Traveled as part of a program that combined community service, exploration of native culture and outdoor adventure activities. Paula went on to graduate from Penn State University then return home to Chicago to enter graduate school at the School of Public Health at The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Paula is also pursuing a global health concentration as part of her graduate work, and to that end will be doing research abroad as part of her studies. At the luncheon I attended, Paula was a recipient of the Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship, awarded to graduate level students pursuing public health research abroad.
Paula describes her project:
“My practicum will take place in Nicaragua where I will be working with AMOS Health and Hope. The first three weeks will consist of hands on training focusing on current AMOS methodologies for improving health of children under age 5, improving access to clean water in rural family homes, and empowering youth while working alongside Community Health Workers in rural Nicaragua. The remaining 6 weeks I will work with a team on the ongoing clean water program. I will be collecting data and providing an analysis based on the findings that will help AMOS to continually provide communities with the safest drinking water.”
Paula is just one of dozens of success stories of Farther Foundation alumni. Our students are demonstrating every day that given the opportunities and resources to succeed, all students can seize those opportunities and go farther.
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.