Through participation in unique educational travel experiences, Farther Foundation inspires greater aspirations and achievement for students living in challenging circumstances. Inspired by experience, students become active and engaged learners, full of potential and more fully aware of the world and its opportunities.


of Farther Foundation students graduate from high school

(Compared to 76% of Chicago Public School students)


of Farther Foundation students enroll in college

(Compared to 66% of Chicago Public School students)


of Farther Foundation college students graduate or stay on track to graduate from college

(Compared to 69% of students nationally)

The data

  • The high school graduation rate in Chicago Public Schools is about 76%.

  • Fewer than 10% of students who begin high school in the Chicago Public Schools go on to graduate college with a 4-year college degree by their mid 20s.

  • These numbers add up to a heavy burden on the cultural and economic health of our society, but more pointedly, the numbers are a summation of thousands of individual stories of real people whose opportunities are few and whose hopes are diminished.

I shared that I was a first-generation student and was planning to be the first in my family to go to college. I explained to them that I was here to make a change in not just the person who I am, but a change in the way people view my family.
— Daniel

What does high school and college graduation mean to an individual?

  • High school graduates are more likely to vote, to have health insurance and to get a four year college degree.

  • High school graduates live seven years longer than dropouts, and are 5-8 times less likely to be incarcerated.

  • Households headed by high school graduates accumulate 10 times more wealth than those headed by dropouts.

  • College graduates earn 60% more than high school graduates.

  • College Graduates have increased personal/professional mobility, more hobbies and leisure activities, enhanced knowledge of world affairs, decreased levels of prejudice and improved quality of life for their offspring.

I feel the friends I’ve made and my second family in this world have caused me to find another part of myself in just these short 6 weeks.
— Mia-Blessing

Who are the students receiving Farther Foundation grants?

Farther Foundation supports students who come from some of the poorest and most isolated communities in and around Chicago. Many come from one parent households. Most will be the first in their family to attend college. Yet, our recipients distinguish themselves through their academic achievement and participation in extracurricular support programs targeted toward college enrollment and career success. What they lack is the knowledge about enrichment opportunities and the resources to take advantage of them – knowledge and resources that give focus and direction to ambition and are commonly available in wealthier communities.

Average family income: $31,500
Average grade point average: 3.87
Female: 64%
Male: 36%
Latino: 58%
African American: 34%

Where have their programs taken them?

Countries: 32
Continents: 6
States: 27
Colleges and universities: 27

Travel is singular in its ability to open the eyes and unbind the aspirations of students whose experiences rarely escape the boundaries of their own neighborhoods. Your tax-deductible contributions make these opportunities a reality for deserving students.

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