Sarah and Alex Groen Endowment for International Learning
Both Alex’s and Sarah’s college experiences led directly to their successes and have influenced their giving focus. Sarah’s love of travel started at a young age and included two wonderful semesters spent studying abroad. During those semesters in Europe and Southeast Asia, Sarah traveled to over 15 countries; she has now been to 100 countries and all seven continents. Alex is also a big lover of travel, and the pair have been to nearly 50 countries together. Alex’s favorite travel memories include trips to Antarctica, Israel, Jordan, and South Africa.
Sarah and Alex met after graduation in Houston, where Sarah worked in Houston as an investment banking analyst and in private equity investing before earning her MBA from Stanford Business School. After graduating from Stanford, Sarah returned to Houston and worked in tech investing and Uber before leaving to establish Bell & Bly Travel. Bell & Bly Travel serves executives, entrepreneurs, and investors, acting as an addition to their personal management teams—like a wealth advisor or accountant (but a lot more fun!). Sarah and her team use their extensive knowledge and relationships to help their clients plan trips anywhere in the world.
With this endowment, Sarah and Alex Groen aspire to provide students with financial need the opportunity to experience different geographies and cultures firsthand, all while building their proficiency in business, enriching their academic experience, and expanding their leadership skills. Clients of Bell & Bly Travel will be given the opportunity to donate to the endowment fund and support study abroad scholarships. In addition, the company will donate $100 to the fund for every client referral.