24 May 2009
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.)