It has become a yearly treat for Farther Foundation to be guests of HighSight at its annual scholarship dinner. Nearly every year, HighSight refers a few students to Farther Foundation’s scholarship program, and nearly every year, a few of their students become recipients of our scholarships.
HighSight is a great organization that provides scholarships for low-income students to attend private high schools while augmenting that opportunity with tutoring, mentoring, college counseling and a host of other college prep lessons and activities. HighSight is also a big believer that students should try to break out of the boundaries of their past experience and spend part of their summer away from home experiences a new culture or topic of interest in a new and different environment that challenges them to expand their view of the world.
The scholarship dinner is a chance for the graduating class of HighSight scholars to step up in front of their families and HighSight supporters, express their gratitude and announce where they will be attending college in the fall. It is also a chance for us to catch-up with some of our past scholarship recipients and hear about their plans. This year, we saw and congratulated Delia and Esei. During the summer of 2014, Delia used her Farther Foundation grant to visit Costa Rica with AFS where she participated in a local service project and lived with a host family to explore the local language and culture. Esei spent several weeks at an intensive academic program at Phillips Exerter Academy where he challenged himself to learn and achieve at a new level along with students from around the country and across the world.
As Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” After their experiences, Delia and Esei had new and higher expectations and could not settle for less. This fall, they will both begin the next step in their education as college students – Delia at Augusta College and Esei at Kenyon College. Farther Foundation congratulates them both and we are so pleased to have had the opportunity to hear you make those announcements in front of your families, friends and supporters.
Farther Foundation helps students break free from the constraints of poverty and propels 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, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.