In April of this year, Tiger launched a fundraising campaign through Facebook to rally his army of fans around his mission of giving deserving students a shot at college. We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity of Tiger's amazing fans, 10 more Scholars have been given the resources they need to attend college! Tiger matched each fan's donation, dollar for dollar, and after six weeks together, we raised nearly $100,000!
Overwhelmingly, most donations raised were $1, $5, $10 and $20, with donations coming from 12 countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, Ireland, Malaysia, Iceland and Singapore.
The Tiger Woods Foundation is pleased to welcome the new Scholars into an incredible program that provides financial assistance, prestigious internships, dedicated mentors and career-planning workshops. Currently, our Scholars are attending colleges like Harvard, UCLA, USC, Georgetown and UC Berkeley.
Both Tiger and the Scholars are so thankful for each and every donation made.
"There is an entire generation of young people whose pathway out of poverty is education," Woods said. "These are extremely talented kids, but they can't afford college. 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."
We are excited to introduce to you our newest members of the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, all thanks to your support!
Sitra Abdus-SalaamHometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: Cesar Chavez -- Parkside Campus
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
Career Goal: Psychiatrist
Fun Fact: Junior and senior class president of her school
Milinda AjawaraHometown: Anaheim, CA
High School: Katella High School
College: Hamilton College
Career Goal: Physician
Fun Fact: Family immigrated from Nigeria
Mariah GreenHometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: Cesar Chavez -- Capitol Hill Campus
College: Temple University
Career Goal: Doctor
Fun Fact: Passionate about helping others
Raymundo GutierrezHometown: Anaheim, CA
High School: Anaheim High School
College: New York University
Major: Music Education
Career Goal: Band Director
Fun Fact: Likes to listen to soundtrack music
Xuan Trang LeHometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: Benjamin Banneker High School
College: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Major: International Business
Career Goal: Business Owner
Fun Fact: Wants to create educational facilities in imporverished areas
Jaron McKinnonHometown: Fort Meade, MD
High School: Meade Senior High School
College: DePauw University
Fun Fact: Mentor for the Boys and Girls Club's Summer Poetry Program
Iliana NavarroHometown: Anaheim, CA
High School: Katella High School
College: Haverford College
Major: Political Science/Spanish
Career Goal: Lawyer
Fun Fact: Likes to draw and read in her spare time
Minh NguyenHometown: Anaheim, CA
High School: Savanna High School
College: University of California, Los Angeles
Fun Fact: Would like to go on a cross-country road trip
Felipe SepulvedaHometown: Anaheim, CA
High School: Magnolia High School
College: Harvard University
Fun Fact: Enjoys reading, playing cards and spending time with family
Omokuyani UdianiHometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
High School: Suitland High School
College: North Carolina State University
Major: Chemical Engineering
Career Goal: Chemical engineer
Fun Fact: Substitute taught for a high school photography class
These 10 Scholars are joined by seven others accepted into the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. To meet the full Class of 2016, click here.