SARA’S WISH FOUNDATION was established to perpetuate the memory of Sara Christie Schewe. In 1996, Sara, a beautiful and loving young woman, was killed in a fatal bus crash in India along with three classmates while participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea Program.

We want to protect our children from unnecessary danger and support them as they pursue their dreams and adventures through:

  1. International Travel Safety Initiatives: Bringing greater awareness to improving safety in international transportation and travel, especially in student study abroad programs, and;
  2. Scholarships: Perpetuating Sara’s ideals by creating opportunities for experiences for other students who share Sara’s zest for life, love of adventure, and zeal to excel.

Help us promote safety standards for student travel programs and provide financial assistance for young women who want to pursue international travel experiences in the areas of education, health care, or public service. These women will help sustain Sara’s living spirit.

It is our hope that sharing Sara’s story will help inform both parents and students. Accidents can and should be avoided – not by prohibiting adventure and exploration, but by gaining access to more and better information about issues such as international highway safety.

This is Sara’s Wish.

The images below link to international travel safety tips offered by recipients of past Sara’s Wish scholarships. Click each image, or use the links to the right, to read more.

Malawi – Yuen Ho (2012)
Kenya – Mariah Hennen (2012)
Argentina – Kimberly Ellenson (2012)
Malawi – Kelli Wong (2012)
Nepal – Briana Cranmer (2012)