Our favorite student essays of 2016

Each summer, Farther Foundation provides opportunities for deserving high school students to participate in education travel programs across the country and around the world. They return from their experiences more confident, more engaged in their education and eager to pursue a more ambitious set of opportunities in the world.

They also return with stories to share with us. All of our students write essays that tell us about their experiences, what they learned and how they have grown. We select our favorites and award the students prizes for their achievement. Here are excerpts from our prize winners this year!

1st Prize

Shayna traveled to Germany on a cultural immersion exchange program.

“If it wasn’t for Bavaria, I doubt I would’ve ever been able to truly understand peace, for all that it is and does for a person. I doubt I would’ve ever had the opportunity to learn that being comfortable isn’t a warning sign. I doubt I would’ve ever believed that peace could last for longer than an ignorant moment. I never knew that peace could be so disarming, something so gentle and sweet. I never thought accepting peace would be something I’d have to learn, but I’m so happy that I did.”

2nd Prize

Jazmin participated in a pre-college neuroscience program at Brown University.

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2016 Mid-year Report Now Available

Our Mid-year report is now available online.

ü  Read about our scholarship class of 2016 with a spotlight on Nora, a student looking to learn how her love of theater can become a stepping stone to a brighter future.

ü  Check in with one of our program alumna and her experience at Northeastern University.

ü  Save-the-date, 10/6/16, for our annual StorySlam event and discover who will be telling stories this year.

2015 Student Photo Contest Winners

This past summer, Farther Foundation provided scholarship awards to 27 students to participate in educational travel programs. They submitted some of their favorite photos to us and we select our favorites to share with you!

First Place: Roger snapped this dramatic shot during his month-long exploration of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Roger in Ecuador

Second Place: Zoe participated in a music immersion program at Ithaca College and was featured in the unique perspective of this photo.

Zoe at Ithaca College 

Third Place: Jada’s program in Panama involved working with local children in a community service project. This photo captured her with some of her new friends.

Jada in Panama

Congratulations to all of our winners!