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Earl Woods Scholars attend Global MindED conference, share key takeaways

In early June, Earl Woods Scholars Michelle Bravo and Cristian Carrasco had an exciting opportunity to attend the Global MindED conference in Denver, Colorado. Committed to creating a diverse talent pipeline through cross-collaboration, the conference united hundreds of educators, entrepreneurs, policymakers and first-generation college students, like Michelle and Cristian. Over three days, the scholars attended numerous panels, keynote presentations and workshops, including a discussion on educational equity featuring TGR Foundation’s Vice President of Programs and Education, Dr. Katherine Bihr. Michelle, a rising senior at The City University of New York’s Lehman College, and Cristian, a rising junior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) share their takeaways from the conference.

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Scholar Voices: 4 Tips for living and thriving with depression

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States; around 7% of all U.S. adults have had at least one major depressive episode. Among the most prevalent demographics of MDD diagnoses are college students like Earl Woods Scholars. Individuals between 18-25 are more likely to have depression. Based on my own experiences with depression, I’m hoping that some of these musings alongside tips I’ve learned along the way might help.

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TGR Learning Lab Student Spotlight: My path toward a career in STEM

My earliest memories of the TGR Learning Lab began when I was walking down Gilbert Street from Gauer Elementary School to take part in the week-long, 5th grade field trip. A few years later, I was back for more, enrolling in multiple classes in the after-school program.

Being a first-generation college student comes with high amounts of pressure. I was terrified and nervous about how I was going to figure everything out. Self-doubt often clouded my mind. However, with the support of the TGR Learning Lab, as both a student and a staff member, I was able to find my footing. The TGR Learning Lab equipped me with valuable tools as I transitioned from high school to college.

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TGR Foundation celebrates class of 2019

As caps fly and tassels turn, students around the world celebrate an academic milestone and enter a new chapter of their lives. At TGR Foundation, we took a moment to celebrate with our high school graduates who will soon be starting their freshman year at universities across the nation. Although many students were unsure of […]

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TGR EDU: Explore makes summer learning accessible

At TGR Foundation, learning doesn’t stop when the school bell sounds or the academic year ends. Through our science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and college access online curricula, students and educators alike can continue their learning on their own time and terms.

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TGR Foundation shines Donor Spotlight on Bank of the West

Our mission to empower students to pursue their passions through education is brought to life through award-winning programs that are supported by generous donors and partners. We are grateful for the contributions of companies and organizations that help us drive our mission forward and are proud to shine a Donor Spotlight on Bank of the […]

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Scholar Voices: My journey to college and career success

Although my academic career at Pitzer College has come to an end, my learning journey will not. Two weeks prior to graduation, the foreseeable future was ironically still abstract and difficult for me to grasp. It brought me a feeling of excitement and nostalgia, encouraging me to reflect on my last four years at Pitzer College and six years as an Earl Woods Scholar.

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Harvard Scholar to address Tiger Jam guests, highlight Earl Woods Scholar Program impact

For more than 20 years, Tiger Jam has supported TGR Foundation’s educational programs and mission to empower students through education. As Tiger Jam guests head to Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend, Earl Woods Scholar Chiamaka “Chia” Obilo will join Tiger Woods to share how the foundation and Earl Woods Scholar Program helps students like […]

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TGR EDU: Explore launches new digital module covering animal ancestry

When asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, a common response from young students interested in animals is “a veterinarian.”  Although becoming a veterinarian is a noble and valued profession, one that certainly appeals to a wide range of people, both young and old, more often than not students are simply unaware of the vast opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields that align directly with their passions. Opportunities that can advance human understanding of complex issues, provide life-saving research or solve difficult problems.   

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TGR Learning Lab Student Spotlight: From College Bound Academy to College

Last summer, I took the first steps of my college journey by signing up for College Bound Academy (CBA) at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA. Coming from the Phillipines, I grew up with no prior knowledge of the U.S. education system. As the oldest among my siblings, I often had to turn to my friends for guidance. I followed their actions in hopes that what I was doing was right, but I realized that I shouldn’t be dependent on them. From then on, I took charge of my life and made myself responsible for my future.

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Scholar Voices: My Semester in Florence, Italy

Within two and a half weeks, I realized the significance and impact of friendship on the other side of the globe. I have had friends back home for years, many of whom I met during my first two years at Stony Brook University in New York. However, the ones I met throughout my study abroad experience in Florence, Italy were memorable. These friends were significant because through them and my short time abroad, I came to realize something about myself and learned exactly how I was meant to live my life.

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Earl Woods Scholar Alumnus shares on journey at 19th Annual Tiger Jam

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 our education programs. In today’s post, we’re looking back at a special moment during the event that stands out as a true reminder of the purpose and impact of our programs.  Adrian Arias, the Earl Woods Scholar Program’s first lawyer, took the stage during Tiger Jam’s live and silent auction to give the keynote speech.

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Celebrating Earth Day with TGR EDU: Explore’s Magnetic Migration Lesson

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by investigating the migration patterns of animals. Magnetic Migration, our engaging, hands-on lesson from TGR EDU: Explore, highlights animals’ abilities to navigate using Earth’s magnetic field. In recent years, scientists have gathered evidence to determine how animals use Earth’s magnetic field as a way to survival. This […]

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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.

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TGR Foundation celebrates National Financial Literacy Month, offers free resources

It’s that time of year again, when many high school seniors across the country eagerly and anxiously await college acceptance letters. With a May 1stcollege selection deadline, students not only have to decide where they would like to spend their next four years of higher education but how to pay for it.April marks National Financial Literacy Month and we’re highlighting free resources from TGR Foundation’s digital initiative, TGR EDU: Explore, to guide students and families through the often-times overwhelming and confusing financial aid process.

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Volunteer Spotlight: TGR Learning Lab celebrates 13 years of Joy

Although there have been many changes since TGR Foundation opened the doors of the flagship TGR Learning Lab in 2006, the support of the community and volunteers has remained unwavering. Joy Heverly is an original volunteer and has served at the front desk longer than a decade. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we recognize her dedication and service to our programs and mission to empower youth through education.

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TGR Foundation celebrates National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we would like to point the spotlight on the hundreds volunteers that have served alongside us since the launch of the TGR Learning Lab in 2006. Our volunteers have been crucial to our success thus far and we are grateful to each individual that has committed countless hours to our students and programs.

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TGR EDU: Explore lesson prepares students for scholarship application process

The college application process is multi-faceted. For many students deciding which institution to attend is a challenge that is often coupled with how they will fund their education and other associated expenses.Although there are numerous resources and options for financial aid, many teens and families don’t know where to begin. TGR EDU: Explore aims to reduce the gap in financial aid and access to higher education by addressing scholarships as a critical element of the application process. It’s latest college-access lesson, Scholarship Case Study: Reducing the Gap, guides educators as they reverse the roles of students to help them learn best practices for college applications and how to implement them.

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TGR Foundation advances educational innovation at CEESA Conference

Working toward its goal to reach millions of students through education, TGR Foundation recently had the opportunity to present at the 29th annual Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) conference in Warsaw, Poland. The theme, Making the World our Classroom: One Less Brick in the Wall, was a clarion call to participants hailing from 50 countries and 70 schools, to remove barriers and focus efforts on developing a more relevant and globally-centric approach to education.

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Scholar Voices: My Journey to becoming a Dartmouth College Grad

With graduation on the horizon, I cannot help but reflect on my personal growth over the last four years. College has definitely served as a formative experience in my life – one where I’ve had several opportunities to critically engage with my identity.

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