May 24, 2017

Introducing the 2017 Cohort of Earl Woods Scholars


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.

“I’m thrilled to welcome our largest cohort to date! The selection process is always so difficult given the high caliber of students we interview–we had fantastic candidates from each region. What’s exciting to me about this class is that each of these scholars are very unique and will bring a distinct perspective to the group,” said Cristina Fernandez, senior director of the Earl Woods Scholar Program.

So without further ado, we introduce you to the 2017 cohort of Earl Woods Scholars. Congratulations to them all! We can’t wait to see where each of their unique college journeys lead!



Damaris Berrio — Suffolk University

Chase Joyner — Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Chiamaka Obilo — Harvard University

Khanh Pham — Boston College

Natan Santos — Dartmouth College


District of Columbia

Frank Alvarado — Bates College

Longhui Gao — Lehigh University

Kenya Johnson — George Washington University

Abdul Kaba — Morehouse College

Jennifer Meza — Georgetown University


New York

Thalia Baeza Milan — Yale University

Lissette Barreto — Stony Brook University

Lewinski Lopez — St. Lawrence University

Miryam Ramirez — Swarthmore College

Kaycie Santiago — Fordham University


Orange County

Omar Camarillo — UCLA

Daniel Carranza — UCLA

Cristian Carrasco — UCLA

Joaquin Fernandez — UCLA

Lisseth Garcia — Colgate University

Andy Ho — UCLA

Sarai Michel — Barnard College

Ivy Phan — UC Berkeley

Esmeralda Solis — UCLA

Michelle To — UC San Diego


High School Juniors – Washington, D.C.

Nadia Bangura

D’onte Batts

Dominique Day

Javiera Galarce

Biyeshi Kumsa

Raia Lockerman

Ayinde Motirayo

Yohanne Ndoumbe

Breon Robinson

Kala Young


High School Juniors – Orange County

Santiago Alva

Luis Jimenez

Sammy Mohammed

Marycarmen Montanez

Karina Ramirez

Alexandra Retana

Rosanely Ruano

Milan Shrestha

Douglass Torres-Escobar

Jessica Villalobos


Redefining what it means to be a champion.