We are the Roses

There was a commercial that aired quite a bit during the NCAA basketball tournament for Powerade. It featured Chicago Bull’s basketball star, Derek Rose and some stark footage from the streets in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. But the most powerful and affecting aspect of the commercial was the use of a section of lyrics written by Tupac Shakur.

“You wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love it’s will to reach the sun. Well, we are the roses – this is the concrete – and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why…ask me how!”

These are the students we serve at Farther Foundation. They have all the intelligence and determination they need to succeed, all they lack are opportunities. Farther Foundation seeks these students out and provides them with the opportunity to participate in unique and life-changing educational travel programs. We are reviewing scholarship applications from more than 50 of these “Roses” right now. Support Farther Foundation and be a part of the change.

Here is the Commercial:


Learn about the work and mission of Farther Foundation:



Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

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.

Go Farther!


About gofarther

David is the founder and director of Farther Foundation,a charitable scholarship organization. Farther Foundation enables students from economically disadvantaged circumstances to explore interests, expand horizons, gain inspiration and elevate aspirations for leadership and success. We do this by providing scholarships and support for students to participate in educational travel experiences that are significant and potentially life changing.
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