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.

The mission of Sara’s Wish Foundation is to sustain Sara’s living spirit by promoting travel safety standards and practices around the globe and by providing financial support to young women working in the areas of education, health care, and/or public service in the global community. We sustain Sara’s living spirit through:

1. International Travel Safety Initiatives:
• Bring greater awareness to improving safety in international transportation and    travel, especially in student study abroad programs.
•  Support the development of new technologies that can improve travel safety.

2. Scholarships/Awards:
• Offer scholarships to deserving young women to help defray the costs of international travel experiences in the areas of education, health care, and/or public service.
• Offer awards to support new travel safety initiatives as well as humanitarian projects in the global community.

Help us promote safety standards for student travel programs and provide financial assistance for young women who want to pursue humanitarian work in the global community. 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)