Empowered by her experiences as a TGR Learning Lab alumna and first-generation college graduate, Alma Gutierrez has been a champion for students navigating their college and career journeys through TGR Foundation’s Earl Woods Scholar Program for the last six years.
What started as a visit to the Learning Lab with her golf team at Western High School turned into a decade of involvement that helped Alma change the trajectory of her life and her family’s legacy.
While preparing for the relaunch of the flagship TGR Learning Lab, Alma reflected on her journey and the foundation’s impact on her life.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Nov. 15, 2022) — Providence Southern California and TGR Foundation have formed a partnership that will serve youth and their families across Southern California by closing the gap on health inequities and igniting interest in health careers. Empowered Health by Providence and TGR Foundation was created to invest in youth by providing meaningful […]
Under the sponsorship of Dimer UVC Innovations, a UV light disinfection company, I recently had a unique opportunity to study the relationship between the efficacy of a constant dose of UV light on bacteria and the distance the light has to travel to reach the bacteria, right in a classroom at the TGR Learning Lab. […]
At the age of 14, Brandon Layman had begun his journey toward discovering and following his passions. After discovering his passion for video editing, Brandon began taking classes at the TGR Learning Lab that included graphic design and video production. While excelling in the afterschool programs, he went on to graduate from the Orange County […]
As Bianca Angeles sat down completing an application to become a member of the first cohort of TGR Foundation’s Earl Woods Scholar Program in 2006 she couldn’t imagine the impact it would have on her life and career. Now 16 years later, she has graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and navigated the last […]
Andres Cuamani first discovered the TGR Learning Lab in fifth grade and spent a week in the day program studying forensic science. When he became old enough to participate in the after-school program, he dove right in and took an array of classes from aerospace engineering to golf. Aside from discovering the many different career […]
The National Scholarship Providers Association announced TGR Foundation as its 2022 Scholarship Provider of the Year during its annual conference on Thursday, October 21.
Highlighting the success of the Earl Woods Scholar Program, which launched in 2006 to honor the legacy of Tiger Woods’ father, the late Earl Woods, the program supports students from under-resourced communities through financial aid, yearly workshops, a dedicated mentor throughout their college journeys and a host of resources.
This past Saturday we celebrated the relaunch of the TGR Learning Lab with our community of students, families, educators, and supporters. Community Fest was a day full of fun for the entire family. Guests had the opportunity to see the upgrades of the TGR Learning Lab campus, experience our programs in action, learn more about […]
With curiosity, determination and interest in many subjects, Amelie Jimenez discovered the path to chemical engineering through programs offered at the TGR Learning Lab. While excelling academically and being involved in many extracurricular activities, Amelie expanded her knowledge, skills and experiences through TGR Foundation programs from 7th grade through the end of her senior year […]
Miguel Jimenez is a senior at Kennedy High School. With a lifelong interest in science, participating in classes at the TGR Learning Lab allowed him to broaden his understanding and discover aligned career paths while building transferrable skills.
While balancing academics and extra-curricular activities including honor band and sports, Miguel enjoys sharing what he’s learned with younger student-athletes on his track and cross-country teams.
Tiger Woods had a vision inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, “to create a safe space for students to learn, grow & chase after their dreams.” From this vision came the flagship TGR Learning Lab, which opened in 2006 to students and families from Anaheim and the surrounding communities. As a child, Tiger’s […]
TGR Foundation announced John Lee as Vice President, Programs and Education. Lee, an experienced student-focused education leader, will oversee TGR Foundation’s education programs and staff responsible for delivering educational opportunities and resources to students from under-resourced communities in Southern California and beyond.
I vividly remember the day I signed up for STEM Studio in desperation for better professional development opportunities while attending a mandatory training that was so terrible, I would have preferred to be at the dentist than in that room. TGR Foundation was a life preserver.
My initial experience in STEM Studio was so invigorating, it inspired my new journey of professional development. It always places me in the position of an engaged learner. I still use many of the strategies from my initial STEM Studio training in 2018 and keep returning for more.
As high school seniors approach the end of an era and work toward their college and career goals, getting started can often be overwhelming. This summer students across the country gathered for three sessions of our annual College Bound Academy. Through the program, more than sixty students participated in various workshops and activities to gain […]
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The party was over before it even began. Tiger Woods’ first tee shot of the 150th Open Championship found the middle of the fairway but rolled into a fresh divot. Then: gust of wind, bounce into the burn, double bogey. That famous Mike Tyson quote came to mind. Everyone has a […]
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Everything has led to this. The catchphrase plastered all over the Old Course signage this week refers to golf as a whole; St. Andrews being the birthplace and residence of the game, and this being the 150th playing of the Open Championship, this week does indeed feel like the culmination of […]
Each summer before freshmen Earl Woods Scholars begin their collegiate journeys, the program’s pre-college retreat, designed to prepare them for success, provides an array of information and resources throughout the three-day experience.
Joining three cohorts of 18 students from southern California and Washington D.C., the retreat took place primarily at the flagship TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA.
With support from Broadcom Foundation, TGR Foundation partnered with the Centralia Elementary School District to pilot a two-week course introducing fifth and sixth graders to computer science using the Raspberry Pi. From February through May, TGR Foundation’s flagship TGR Learning Lab instructors were joined by Centralia Elementary School District access coordinators to visit all schools in the district and implement the curriculum with students. Through the program, more than a thousand students were exposed to computer science concepts and developed computer science skills using the Raspberry Pi.
As a basketball fan, I was always curious about working for the National Basketball Association. The paths to NBA careers beyond the court aren’t as visible as those like Facebook or Google, but I believed it was possible if I built my experience and connections.
My job search process was untraditional for careers in the technology industry. The positions I thought I’d receive a response from, I didn’t, but I received unexpected interest from several companies including the NBA. I found my position through LinkedIn, and a recruiter contacted me for an interview. I went through a swift interview process that ended with an offer I accepted. After finishing my master’s program and taking a well-needed break, I began my role as a Project Software Engineer on the Stats Technology Product Development team.
As I approached graduation and reflected on the Earl Woods Scholar class of 2022, it became clear to me that the story of our college experience is one of resilience.
Each of us has endured countless struggles and tragedies and emerged much stronger and wiser. We have overcome every single obstacle that has come our way, from national distress to a global pandemic. Each of us is so much more than the worst thing we’ve ever experienced and nothing, not even the most formidable forces, can keep us down.