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The Earl Woods Scholar Program goes far beyond financial assistance—we build a lifelong support system for our kids. For over 10 years, we’ve strived to give our scholars, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college, the resources they need to succeed in school, their communities and around the world.
At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we have the distinct honor of coming alongside incredibly bright and driven young people, and equipping them with the resources they need to achieve their definition of success. We call them our Unrelenting Champions. A fitting description because they tirelessly and relentlessly pursue their dreams, and achieve them. This month we feature two such champions and Earl Woods Scholars, Keon & Fatah.
The Tiger Woods Foundation met Alesha Russey in March 2016 when she attended our first STEM Studio seminar in Washington, D.C. Since then, she has participated in a number of offerings and reached out to us regarding possibly offering a more intensive training for her school and others in the D.C. area. Likewise, she offered her school site to host and has been one of our biggest champions in informing educators of our work in professional development. She shares her takeaway of TGR EDU: Create’s STEM Studio.
Summer is for fun, sun, BBQs—and for many young people, no school! However, all of us at the TGR Learning Lab believe that summer is about opening doors to new opportunities, thinking about one’s future and getting ahead when it comes to preparing for college. We also think it is a time where teachers can have some fun while they collaborate with fellow educators and learn new activities that can be used in their own classroom.
Without a doubt, Shantanu Jakhete will take MIT by storm this fall. The recent high school graduate and former TGR Learning Lab Florida student has spent the last several years studying STEM and honing and sharing his skills. Everything he’s already accomplished in this short time tells us he’s in a league of his own. And the only thing that trumps Shantanu’s passion for STEM is his deep-seated desire to use his knowledge to help his community and the world. Read on to learn how Shantanu’s drive, with the support of teachers, mentors and the Tiger Woods Foundation, has fueled his love of STEM.
The TGR Learning Lab’s Golf Department hosted its annual Super Junior Golf Camp on June 19-23 this year and it did not disappoint. In our 5th year since inception, the Super Junior Golf Camp exposes the great game of golf in a safe, nurturing environment. This year, 60 Super Junior students ages 5 to 4th grade were introduced to the game of golf through innovative drills and exercises promoting proper golf fundamentals.
For two weeks this June, Betsy Peña, a program coordinator with the Tiger Woods Foundation’s Earl Woods Scholar Program, took part in her first College Bound Academy as an instructor to 42 rising high school seniors from the Anaheim Union High School District. Betsy, a recent college grad herself, had the opportunity to lead workshops, activities and discussions all geared towards helping her students better navigate the college admissions process. Rounding out the program, Betsy and her colleagues took their students on excursions at the Claremont Colleges as well as had them participate in Disneyland’s Youth Education Series (YES) Program. As she reflects, the College Bound Academy experience proved to be just as rewarding for Betsy as it was for her kids!
Since the age of seven, Earl Woods Scholar and Tufts University alum Jonathan Bowie knew he wanted to serve his country. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, he dreamed of being a fighter pilot. At the age of 16, Jonathan’s plans evolved but his love of country never waned. He was determined to be an officer in the military, with a goal of entering the Air Force—and from that point on, Jonathan set those wheels in motion. Growing up in a working-class family and attending D.C.’s inner-city public schools, he was the first in his household to attend college, but he endured many hurdles throughout those four years. Currently stationed in Stuttgart, Germany completing a two-year tour for the Air Force, find out how Jonathan Bowie has redefined what it means to be a champion.
At the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, children and families are encouraged to swing by the TGR Learning Lab Youth Activity Zone for some fun, engaging activities designed for young people of all ages. The TGR Learning Lab Youth Activity Zone will be easily accessed directly across from The Yard and the driving range.
On June 15-16, TGR EDU: Create delivered STEM Studio in Washington D.C., a free two-day professional learning experience in STEM education based on best practices in lesson design and inquiry-based learning from Tiger Woods Foundation curricula. Learn more from TGR EDU: Create’s director David Tong about how we’re working with educators to improve STEM learning for students everywhere.
Last week, TGR EDU: Explore launched its first digital module focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Following Nature’s Lead, a 20-25-minute experience geared toward middle school students that is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Using this innovative tool, students will be given the opportunity to explore careers and engineering innovations through the lens of biomimicry.
We’re excited to introduce you to a STEM trailblazer, Kavya Kopparapu. At just 16 years old and a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Washington, D.C., Kavya is on a mission to introduce more girls to STEM. Her nonprofit, GirlsComputingLeague, has allowed her to reach thousands of girls and speak at numerous distinguished STEM events across the country. During the Tiger Woods Foundation’s DC STEM Fair Teacher Semina, held in collaboration with the D.C STEM Network this past March, we had the opportunity to see Kavya in action as she co-led a professional development class with our instructor. Without a doubt, Kavya Kopparapu is one to watch—and we can’t see where she goes. Read on to hear from Kavya herself, watch her dynamic speech at the March for Science and learn more about her passion for STEM.
For the past four years, the TGR Learning Lab satellite at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School has served as a retreat from the drugs and crime that plagued Gregory Damas’ neighborhood. With plans to attend Villanova University in the fall, Gregory’s resilience and drive stand as an example for others dealing with similar obstacles. Read on to learn how Gregory’s experience with STEM helped build his foundation and has given him the tools necessary to pursue his goals and dreams.
At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we have the distinct honor of coming alongside incredibly bright and driven young people, and equipping them with the resources they need to achieve their definition of success. We call them our Unrelenting Champions. A fitting description because they tirelessly and relentlessly pursue their dreams, and achieve them. This month we’d like to introduce you to two such champions and Earl Woods Scholars, Anshi & Alexis.
In our latest Scholar Voices feature, we hear from Earl Woods Scholar Christopher Camacho, a rising sophomore majoring in computer engineering at Boston’s Tufts University. This summer, Christopher returns to his hometown of Santa Ana, California and brings with him his passion for computers and technology in hopes of providing much needed resources to his community and peers. Learn more about Christopher’s student-led computer science pilot program at his alma mater, Santa Ana High School, and how he hopes to introduce and engage more students in the field of STEM.
Our 19th annual Tiger Jam at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was a weekend to remember. From an epic performance by Darius Rucker to star-studded guest appearances by supermodel Kate Upton, musician Kid Rock and many more, celebrities came out in full support of the Tiger Woods Foundation. In today’s post, we’re looking back at a special moment during the weekend—a moment that stands as a true reminder of why we do the work we do.
This summer TGR Learning Lab is hosting another group of students for our Summer Academy. We are excited to be offering a new class for upper elementary students called Paleo Tech. While other students will be working with today’s technology, the students in Paleo Tech will be working with some of the tools that got us where we are today.
Every spring, our Earl Woods Scholar Program staff and committee have the honor of selecting the next cohort of students to bear the name of Earl Woods Scholar. While it’s one of the most rewarding and inspiring seasons of the year, it’s also an arduous task, narrowing down a pool of over 1,000 incredible applicants to a total of 45 lucky recipients. From Orange County and Boston, to New York and Washington, D.C., our staff spent nearly 25 hours interviewing candidates to identify high-potential students in need who demonstrate a commitment to community service–the hallmarks of an Earl Woods Scholar. After painstaking deliberation, a new class of truly impressive and ambitious individuals emerged.
In our latest Scholar Voices piece, we hear from Earl Woods Scholar and Bates College rising sophomore David Garcia. An Orange County, California native, David shares how moving across the country to Maine and attending a private liberal arts college has exposed him to many serious issues—from poverty and drugs to racism—plaguing his new, local community. For David, bearing witness to these problems has not only reinforced his need to give back to the community, but has shown him how vital civic engagement is.
Earlier this month, Tiger Woods Foundation’s VP of Programs and Education, Dr. Katherine Bihr, had the opportunity to present at Discovery Education’s annual Superintendent Digital Transition Symposium in San Diego, California. Speaking to hundreds of superintendents as well as district and thought leaders from across the U.S., Bihr and conference host and co-presenter Dr. Karen […]