“Low-income kids soar on summer trips abroad” read the headline in a recent Chicago Tribune article. This is not news at Farther Foundation where we have been making life-changing summer travel experiences possible for deserving high school students for seven years now.
The article goes on to say that, “Across the country, schools, nonprofits and scholarship programs are increasingly offering low-income students a chance to travel internationally as part of a broader attempt to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps in a more globalized economy.”
Our Farther Foundation students have been a shining example of what all students can achieve when given the opportunities and resources that enable them to reach their potential. Farther Foundation students are drawn from some of the most isolated and impoverished neighborhoods in and around Chicago. The typical high school graduation rate for low-income students is less than 70%, less than half of those graduates tend to enroll directly into college and just a fraction of those go on to earn a college degree.
On the other hand, 100% of Farther Foundation students have graduated high school, 95% have gone directly on to college and almost all of those have either earned a four-year college degree or remain on track to do so.
We are proud to have been on the leading edge of this movement in Chicago and around the country and we are excited to see opportunities being afforded to more eager and deserving students.
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.