In addition to bringing outstanding golf to the Orlando area, the Hero World Challenge is committed to the community in its support of local charities, programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Tavistock Foundation.
Since inception, the Hero World Challenge has raised more than $25 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation. Foundation programs break the cycle of poverty with college-access opportunities for low-income students. At Tiger Woods Learning Center campuses across the country, more than 100,000 scholars in grades 5-12 have been immersed in an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. Here, they make the connection between school and career, while planning a road map to college.
The Tiger Woods Learning Center in Murray Middle School in Stuart, Fla., opened in September 2011 and has so far served more than 500 students.
Tailored to the needs of the first-generation scholar, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program provides college scholarships coupled with an unyielding support system. But we don't stop there. Through dedicated mentors, professional development workshops and internships, our one-to-one philosophy ensures the success of our students in college and beyond.
Orlando medicine, education and research are at the forefront of the Tavistock Foundation. The Tavistock Foundation has a long-standing relationship with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, providing the lead gift and a community challenge grant to help raise millions of dollars for the facility in its mission to defeat cancer. In addition, the foundation is instrumental in the development of Lake Nona Medical City, donating millions of dollars to creating the burgeoning biomedical research and technology hub on the East Coast.
The Tavistock Foundation is also committed to the education initiatives of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Albany Scholars Program, a scholarship foundation committed to educating the next generation of Bahamian leaders through financial support, mentoring and hope, receives constant support from the Tavistock Foundation. Collecting more than 200 applications for scholarships in its inaugural year, the program is committed to adding 10 new Bahamian students to its ranks every year.