Oluseyi Rises to Challenges

Each year at Farther Foundation our scholarship recipients return from their summer programs and write essays to share their experiences with us. A panel reads all the essays and awards prizes to our favorite. The first place winner this year is Oluseyi. Oluseyi earned the opportunity to spend part of his summer at Johns Hopkins University in an advanced engineering program. His essay reflects on the conditions he now struggles with in his neighborhood and the opportunities and responsibilities that will be part of his future. Here's what he wrote…

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Lizbeth finds a second family in Panama

When Lizbeth first applied to Farther Foundation for an enrichment travel scholarship she was excited that a home stay with a local family would be part of her program because she would,

“learn more about the family’s culture by being a part of their daily lives.”

Lizbeth was awarded a scholarship and chose to participate in an American Field Service (AFS) program in Panama, where she would learn the local language and culture, provide service in the community and indeed live with a local family.

Our students, when thrust into new environments often meet unexpected experiences and emotions. Lizbeth certainly did as well, but her expectation about the value of a family experience in a new culture was all she expected and more…

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Juan Makes an Impact

When Juan first applied to Farther Foundation for an enrichment travel scholarship he said,

“I’ve always been confined to the boundaries of the city’s south side. While this in itself is not necessarily bad, it’s not what I want my life to be.”

Well, Juan earned his scholarship and was able to participate with The Road Less Traveled on a community service and outdoor adventure program in Cost Rica. Upon his return, Juan shared with us a list of all the “Firsts” he encountered during his program…

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