April 02, 2012

Tiger to match every dollar raised in Facebook fundraising campaign

IRVINE, Calif. — Visit Facebook and join Tiger Woods and his army of fans as they raise money for 10 underserved students to attend college. On Monday, April 2, Tiger and his Foundation officially launched a unique fundraising campaign in which fans can send 10 deserving students to college through the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. Created in 2006, the program includes tuition, financial assistance, admissions counseling, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and workshops for scholars accepted into the program.

“Something a lot of people don’t realize is how big of an impact the first college graduate has on their entire family,” Woods said. “Once this cycle is broken, it’s broken. Younger siblings, children and grandchildren all benefit from the first child to make it through. This kind of change can have a profound impact on our global community. I’m lucky enough to be part of an incredible network of fans and supporters who have the ability to make a difference, and there are so many people who want to help.”

The fundraising campaign will be conducted on Tiger’s personal Facebook page via the streamlined FundRazr application. Participants from around the world can contribute as little as $1 to the scholarship program. Every dollar raised will be personally matched by Woods with all proceeds going directly to the Earl Woods Scholars. The six-week campaign, beginning April 2, will conclude on May 14, 2012.

“There is an entire generation of young people who see education as their way out of poverty and struggle,” Woods said. “These are extremely talented kids, but they can’t afford college. The most important thing about this campaign is that a small amount can make a big difference. If enough fans each contribute just a few dollars, the impact is felt for generations. It’s so much bigger than 10 scholars.”

Woods is personally inviting the most active fundraiser to attend the AT&T National in Washington, D.C., this summer to play in the Pro-Am on Wednesday, June 27, at Congressional Country Club. They will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a private putting lesson with Woods. This invite includes complimentary airfare and accommodations.

The Earl Woods Scholarship Program began in 2006 as a way to celebrate the life of Earl Woods and his dedication to helping young people achieve their dreams. Starting with five scholarship recipients in Orange County, the Tiger Woods Foundation has now expanded the program to include 60 scholars from around the world.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation: At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe every child deserves a shot at college. Designed to break through a culture of low expectations, our college-access programs reach underserved youth in all stages of academic life. For scholars in grades 5-12, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math coupled with college preparation workshops to create a unique environment focused on college and careers. The Earl Woods Scholarship Program is an unparalleled network providing admissions counseling, college scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops. Receiving individualized support, our bright young scholars are succeeding at prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard. For more information on our programs, please visit TigerWoodsFoundation.org.