Context Travel Scholarship Winner Chosen

Context will again host this year's winner in Rome


We’re pleased to announce the winner of this summer’s travel scholarship, Bianca Vidales, a graduating senior at Sacramento High School in Sacramento, California. Bianca was chosen after an exhaustive application process, which included a research project on the history of Rome and volunteer work at a local gallery. 

Each year the Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel awards a scholarship to a high-achieving student at Sacramento High School. Working with teachers at the school, community leaders, and officials with St. Hope, a community development organization, the winner is selected partly based on academic excellence and partly on need. Established in 2008, the scholarship consists of a week-long trip to Rome where the student participates in a series of walking seminars and hands-on learning sessions with scholars from the Context network. Details of last year’s program can be found on the Foundation’s website.

We have put together an exciting program for Bianca, which will take her on a whirlwind voyage through 2500 years of history and expose her to one of the richest cities on earth. In her application process Bianca suggested that she would pursue a photography and sketching project while in Rome. I, personally, can’t wait to see how she absorbs the experience and what she comes up with.

In the meantime, on behalf of the staff and all the docents in the Context network, a warm welcome to Bianca.

(If the idea of a scholarship that brings inner city youth to Europe and therefore broadens the salutary effect of travel appeals to you, we urge you to consider a donation to the Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel, a 501c3 non-profit charity. It’s tax deductible.)



  1. Congratulations Bianca. I look forward to reading about her experiences on our Rome walks.

  2. Thank you Paul, Petulia and the entire staff at Context for creating this opportunity for Sacramento High School students through St HOPE Public Schools. We are looking forward to this year’s trip. Biance is a great candidate for the Rome fellowship. She will gain amazing exposure to the history of Rome which will bring the arts that she has learned alive.
    We can’t wait to meet you all soon.

  3. Thank you everyone at Context Travel for giving me this opportunity. I am looking foward to the trip in July. I can not wait to experience the days in Rome, and what Context Travel has planned out for both Wendi and I. I can not wait! We are both very excited. Thank you so much again.

  4. Hi Bianca, we’re so excited to have you and Wendi here! I will be emailing you very soon with more details of the trip, we have some great stuff planned for you and I know we’re all looking forward to meeting you both.

  5. Traveling provides a great opportunity to learn about life and what is important to you. Everything you see and do and every person you meet provides an opportunity to gain a new effective perspective that can help you live a better life.

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