Frank Ski Excursion Program Since 2002 the Excursion Program has exposed high achieving students, from underserved communities study aboard experiences centered on science, ecology and the arts. The program’s goal is to use these experiences as a vehicle for a student’s character development, influence on their academic path and to gain a broader perspective of our global community. This program has taken students to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest to study environmental sustainability, Florence and Rome to study art and to the Bahamas to study marine biology. The long-term impact of a study abroad experience on a student’s personal, professional, and academic life shows that it positively and unequivocally influences their career path, world-view and self-confidence of students.