Mid-Year Report, 2017

Mission & Vision

Farther Foundation helps students break free from the constraints of poverty and isolation and propels them toward their highest aspirations.

We provide opportunities for eager and deserving students to participate in educational programs across the country and around the world.

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.

Go Farther!


Save the Date

Thursday, Sep. 28th
7:00 – 10:00pm
Fitzgerald’s Nightclub

 Farther Foundation’s Annual Benefit and Celebration 

  • Come hear stories of discovery, adventure and mishap told by consummate storytellers.
  • Enjoy food, drink and the company of friends.
  • Win fun and exciting raffle prizes.
  • Support our hard-working and deserving students.

Our host and featured storyteller:

Mark Caro

Mark Caro: Mark is the author of the award-winning nonfiction book The Foie Gras Wars and co-author of the new Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside of You. After covering film, food, music and news for the Chicago Tribune over more than 26 years, he currently writes about entertainment and culture for The New York Times and other outlets, is a regular guest host on WGN Radio and created and hosts the popular “Is It Still Funny?” film series at the Music Box Theatre.

More featured storytellers to be announced soon!

Early Registration for StorySlam is open!

Tickets start at $60 and include admission, food and entertainment

Click here to buy tickets and register online

Or contact us at:

708-497-7240 or gofarther@fartherfoundation.org

We hope to see you there!

Meet our Farther Foundation class of 2017 scholars.

This year, Farther Foundation approved nearly $100,000 in scholarships to support life-changing programs for 34 deserving students. Here are some details about our scholarship class of 2017:

Female: 26                     Male: 8
Latino: 22                      African American: 10                        Other: 2
Average Family Income: $33,800        Average Scholarship: $2,875

Our scholarship recipients this year will participate in programs that take them abroad to Nepal, Mongolia, Ghana, Brazil, China, Tanzania, Brazil and elsewhere. Others will experience college life on campuses including Brown, Harvard, Stanford and Tufts.

2017 Scholar Spotlight

Maria pre-photo

Maria is a high-achieving student at St. Ignatius High School. She was recommended to us by the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, an organization that provides students from at-risk populations with scholarships to private college-preparatory high schools, mentoring, college counseling and other resources to support their academic aspirations.

This summer, Maria will travel to the Dominican Republic with Global Leadership Adventures where she will participate in a program focused on public health and service to the local community. Maria is eager to explore careers in the medical field and told us, “Shadowing a medical professional will help me in my future. Although a small step, it would be amazing to be experiencing this life first hand and learning from professionals themselves.”

Maria describes herself as determined, “People around me have never seen me as a person who starts something and does not finish it. Whether that be a thousand-piece puzzle or a math problem that seems unsolvable, I have always tried to stick to what I start and successfully finish it.” Her program leaders at the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund tell us that Maria’s counselors and teachers have nothing but amazing things to say about her. They expect that “Maria will be the one that changes the trajectory of her family’s economic state. Her progress as an upcoming first generation college student and high school graduate will open so many doors that her parents were unable to enjoy.”

Alumni Spotlight – Corbin Sanders

Corbin with Obama

We asked Corbin what led him to choose Morehouse College. He told us it was the school’s main mission, to mold young African-American men to become the best versions of themselves and use their gifts to change the world.   Corbin’s gift is music and he believes that will be how he positively impacts the world.  He shared a memory with us from his time at Morehouse, “A specific moment that was significant in making me the person that I am today is when I posted my first video doing a violin cover. The day after, the entire school was talking about it and told me how cool and inspiring they thought it was. It felt really good to have that type of effect on everyone.”

Corbin with Chance the Rapper

While in high school during the summers of 2011 and 2012 Corbin participated in two educational travel programs with the assistance of Farther Foundation, first to New Mexico on a team-building and leadership-training retreat and then to Costa Rica for two weeks of cultural exploration and environmental science education. Corbin said those experiences not only raised his expectations about his future, but gave him the confidence to “realize that I can go anywhere in the world and adapt.” His advice to other students, “Do it. Don’t even hesitate, just do it. You don’t want to miss out on the impact that traveling can have on your life.”

Corbin Graduating Morehouse

This May, Corbin graduated from Morehouse Cum Laude and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society. His accomplishments as a musician have already provided him with opportunities to play at public events and ceremonies. What’s next for Corbin? He tells us, “I will continue to create and play the music that I like while inspiring people in the process.”

Check out some of Corbin’s performances on YouTube.
Read a profile of Corbin from Morehouse College.


Farther Foundation students graduate high school, enroll in college, and then graduate from college (college persistence) at rates that far exceed their peers.

High School Graduation Rate 5-19-17

College Enrollment Rate 5-19-17

College Persistence Rate 5-19-17

According to the To & Through Project1, 76% of Chicago Public School high school freshmen aspire to earn a four-year college degree. Yet current projections show only 18% of CPS freshmen—and only 22% of high school freshmen nationwide—will go on to earn a four-year college degree within ten years of starting high school.

Why are Farther Foundation students succeeding at a higher rate? We believe the educational experiences we provide – giving students the opportunity to travel away from home while participating in new experiences – equips them with a broader base of knowledge and the confidence to cast a wide net and gain admission to the best and most appropriate colleges for them. Attending colleges with high graduation rates and entering college with a positive learning mindset2 make a great difference in academic success. 

1) The To &Through Project is a partnership among the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and Network for College Success that brings together expertise across the key domains of research, data, and training resources.

2) Learn more about “learning mindsets


Thank you for supporting our mission and the students we serve

David Weindling, President
Susan J. White, Vice President
Griselda Garibay, Treasurer
Ruth Masters, Director
Laura Swartzbaugh, Director
Angelicca Telles, Director
Nancy Baker, Director
Bill Kling, Director

Donate online at: www.fartherfoundation.org.

Or, send to Farther Foundation on PayPal and Venmo

 Farther Foundation is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible.


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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