April 19, 2019

Meet Hector Pantoja: An Unrelenting Champion


Determined and driven since birth, Hector Pantoja, an alumnus of the Earl Woods Scholar Program, conquered language barriers, overcame insecurities, proved doubting teachers wrong and excelled through college.

Raised by two generations of school teachers, Hector grew up fully grasping the intrinsic power of education. He knew, from a very young age, just how transformative it would be in his life. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, some of Hector’s earliest memories are of reading and writing with his mother, a kindergarten teacher, beginning at the young age of three.

Hear more about Hector’s inspiring journey as an immigrant, son, student and Earl Woods Scholar. As you hear of his experiences first-hand, you’ll learn what it means to be an Unrelenting Champion.


The Earl Woods Scholar Program prepares students to attend and graduate from universities across the nation. Supporting the best and brightest scholars from underrepresented communities, the program holds a 98% graduation rate, among the highest in the U.S. In addition to financial assistance, selected Earl Woods Scholars benefit from personal and professional workshops, a dedicated mentor, internship placement assistance and more.

Contact Lea Segura for more information on mentoring opportunities and click here to help more students pursue their passions through education.

Redefining what it means to be a champion.

The Earl Woods Scholar Program is grateful for the support of our generous donors: Decisive Analytics, Farmers Insurance, Juin and James Cohen, Mary and Jon Orszag and State Street Foundation.