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.
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.
Now in its 11th year, the Earl Woods Scholar Program has grown tremendously, providing 194 students with college scholarships, to date. However, guided by the belief that we can always do better, the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Earl Woods Scholar Program has its sights set on doubling the number of scholars we reach. To […]
In a few days, the Tiger Woods Foundation will host Tiger Jam, an exclusive two-day charity event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. While attendees will enjoy golfing, gambling and all the glitter the city has to offer, the core of the event is and always has been the students and scholars who are […]
On the heels of College Signing Day, the Tiger Woods Foundation held its 8th annual Earl Woods Scholar Program High School Graduation Celebration at Chapman University. The luncheon, held in honor of our 10 Orange County Earl Woods Scholars, brought together families, teachers, counselors and TWF staff for an afternoon filled with pride and swelling […]
We’re back to continue our Teacher Appreciation Week celebration! Our educators do far more than stand behind a podium. They’re connecting with students everyday, helping them believe in their own potential and find pathways to college and exciting careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). We’re so grateful for all they do—and we’re certain their […]
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week we’re showing a little love to our exemplary team of educators—and sharing a few fun facts about them! Whether they’re teaching forensic science or biology to 5th graders, robotics, coding or video game design to middle schoolers, or guiding high school students through the college process, our educators are […]
Broad access to selective colleges for high-achieving, low-income, underrepresented students remains a challenge. The college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation have focused on this issue for the past several years. In 2009, the Earl Woods Scholar Program began a pilot at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim that focused on students receiving the opportunity […]
To celebrate Earth Day this year, we’ve checked in with our Programs teams at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, California and Washington, D.C., to find out just how eco-friendly they are! We’ve compiled their tips and suggestions to get you thinking about different ways to lessen your carbon footprint.
Originally published in UCI News on April 17, 2017, reporter Katherine Li Smith profiles David Tong. David, who’s been with the Tiger Woods Foundation’s TGR Learning Lab for over nine years, is currently the Director of TWF’s professional development program, TGR EDU: Create. Learn more about David and his role at the Lab.
With a B.A. in American literature and culture from UCLA, Jenny resides in eastern Nebraska and is a photographer and associate editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine – a wildlife conservation and outdoor life publication. An accomplished writer who’s been passionate about writing since childhood, Jenny published her first book in 2015, the award-winning Hunting for Food: Guide […]
On a daily basis, I listen to students’ constant worries about paying for college. I’ve even heard them tell me about dollar signs chasing after them in their dreams and falling into a dark hole of college debt. After lending an ear, I usually ask, “well, have you applied for scholarships?”
College exploration and admissions can be an overwhelming and confusing process. But it doesn’t have to be! The Tiger Woods Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are pleased to offer new and free college preparedness resources now available at TGR EDU: Explore. In addition, we’re […]
In this month’s Scholar Voices series, we hear from recent Temple University graduate and Earl Woods Scholar alum Mariah Green. Full of ambition and brimming with a deep desire to leave this world better than she found it, Mariah poignantly reflects on the undue responsibility many first-generation students feel to accept high-paying, less-fulfilling career paths […]
In unison, identical twins Erica and Jessica Rivera emphatically declare that mathematics is their passion. They don’t know where this love comes from, they say it’s organic — let’s say it runs in their matching DNA. From as early as fourth grade, the now 19-year-old sisters remember the joy they felt solving math problems in class.
In this month’s Scholar Voices series, we celebrate Black History Month. Today, we hear from our brilliant and ever ambitious Earl Woods Scholar and recent North Carolina State University graduate Yani Udiani. With a bachelor’s degree in physics and upcoming plans to begin his Ph.D. program, Yani speaks candidly about blazing a trail for fellow […]
Today, we highlight our final Earl Woods Scholar speech from the Tiger Woods Foundation’s Winter Workshop. Time and again, we are reminded that it’s our scholars and students — these resilient kids who overcome the mightiest of obstacles — that are our truest inspirations.
In today’s post, we hear from Claudia Flores, a fourth-year sociology major at UC Berkeley. Despite personal and financial struggles over the years, Claudia never lost sight of her dream of attending and graduating from college. She personifies perseverance. With graduation soon approaching and plans to enter nursing school, Claudia looks back and reflects on […]
A few weeks ago during Winter Workshop at the TGR Learning Lab I had the privilege to speak to a couple dozen Earl Woods Scholars about the importance of LinkedIn. My main goal was to inform them how critical it is to build their personal brand on the platform, especially since 94 percent of recruiters […]