- Featured Scholars
Funding tuition is just one of the many hurdles facing first-generation college students. Many are leaving home for the first time, attempting to juggle work and college classes while scraping together enough money for books and other supplies. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, nearly 90% of our scholars are first-generation college students, navigating through college on their own. The Earl Woods Scholarship Program (EWSP) is an incredible support network that includes admissions counseling, dedicated mentors, specialized internships, financial assistance and workshops for each scholar accepted into the program. In the first two years of college, dropout rates are generally the highest, yet 100% of our scholars continue past their second year and to date, 100% reach graduation day. This special community of scholars, who maintain an average GPA of 3.07, work together to succeed in college life at prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard. It's never too early to start thinking about college, which is why the EWSP also offers families and students in grades 7-12 college-preparation workshops through the Tiger Woods Learning Centers and other community partnerships.
|Erika Adre||UC Berkeley||Chemical Engineering|
|Karla Aguilar||UC Berkeley||Computer Science|
|Marlyn Aguilar||UC Irvine||Economics and Sociology|
|Milinda Ajawara||Hamilton College||Biology and Women's Studies|
|Sharon Almonte||Lewis & Clark College||History & Hispanic Studies|
|Zayrha Arambuta*||UC San Diego||Undeclared|
|Melissa Arambulo||UC Berkeley||Architecture|
|Vernoica Arellano||UC Santa Barbara||Biopsychology|
|Tony Armas*||UC Irvine||Business Administration|
|Bhumi Bhakta||UCLA||Human Biology and Society|
|Trang Che||UC Irvine||Public Health|
|Aisha Cissna||Humboldt State||Environmental Science|
|Stephanie Estrada||Chapman University||Spanish|
|Fadi Farsakh||UC Berkeley||Integrative Biology|
|Claudia Flores*||UC Berkeley||Mathematics|
|Alicia Frausto*||Claremont McKenna College||Undeclared|
|Raymundo Gutierrez||NYU||Music Education|
|Bryan Lara*||Kalamazoo College||Biology|
|Eduardo Munoz||Allegheny College||Biology|
|Iliana Navarro||Haverford College||Spanish|
|Kevin Ngo||UC San Diego||Computer Science|
|Kevin Nguyen||USC||Computer Engineering and Music|
|Ngoc Nguyen||UC San Diego||Aerospace Engineering|
|Tim Nguyen||UCLA||Physiological Sciences|
|Katrina Obieta||Bryn Mawr College||Biology and English|
|Hector Pantoja||Whittier||Business Administration|
|Soo Jin (Judy) Park||Harvard||Social Studies|
|Mayuri Patel*||UC Irvine||Biological Sciences|
|Edgar Perez*||Reed College||Physics|
|Eduardo Rivas||Lewis & Clark College||Psychology and Hispanic Studies|
|Felipe Sepulveda||Harvard College||Economics|
|Rogelio Tec||UC Santa Barbara||International Global Studies and English|
|Kristy Thompson||Pepperdine University||Business Administration|
|Wendy Torres||UC Berkeley||English and Gender & Women's Studies|
|Tiffany Truong||Franklin & Marshall College||Economics|
Students with an (*) are new scholars.
|Yury Amaya||Georgetown University||Psychology|
|Adrian Arias||Ohio Northern University||Criminal Justice|
|Jonathan Bowie||Tufts University||History and Religion|
|Ayanna Brooks||Hood College||Communication Arts|
|Jia Ling Dong||Georgetown University||Business or Engineering|
|Mariah Green||Temple University||Biology|
|Mariah Harrod||Coppin State University||Human Development and Family Studies|
|Jorge Hernandez||University of DC||Psychology|
|Xuan Trang Le||University of Wisconsin-Madison||International Business|
|Yaffet Menna||Georgetown University||Neurobiology and Finance|
|Stephanie Navarrete||Syracuse||Health & Exercise Science|
|Darion Parker||Georgetown University||English|
|Darryl Robinson||Georgetown University||Healthcare Management & Policy|
|Sitra Salaam||Virginia Commonwealth University||Psychology|
|Gloria Salamanca||Georgetown University||Healthcare Management|
|Sarah-Julie Tchokouani||Ohio State||Undeclared|
|Omokuyani Udiani||North Carolina State University||Chemical Engineering|
|Montel Yancy||Tufts University||Music|
Students with an (*) are new scholars.
|Jamal Adan*||Boston University||International Business|
|Lenny Baez*||San Jose State University||Kinesiology|
|Mikaya Emma*||University of North Georgia||International Affairs|
|Andreina Nieves*||Syracuse University||Biology|
|Shirley Peng*||Boston College||Biology|
Students with an (*) are new scholars.
|James Green*||George Mason University||Criminology|
|Jaron McKinnon||DePauw University||Psychology|
Students with an (*) are new scholars.
|Bianca Angeles||UC Berkeley||Psychology|
|Fatou Bekeyi||University of Idaho||Environmental Science|
|Trent Casillas||Cal Poly San Luis Obispo||Civil Engineering|
|Vladimir Casseus||College of the Holy Cross||Psychology|
|Stephanie Chae||UC San Diego||Human Biology|
|Evan Chang||Occidental College||Biochemistry|
|Taylor Compton||Harvard College||Neurobiology|
|Luz Flores||Mount Holyoke College||International Relations|
|Damion Hunt||Florida A&M University||Political Science & Pre-Law|
|Susana Lagarde||CSU Fullerton||Communications|
|Grace Lee||UC Berkeley||Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Tamika Mitchell||University of Arizona||Nutritional Science|
|Jenny Nguyen||UCLA||American Literature & Culture|
|Johanna Otico||Whitman College||Psychology|
|Nhat Tong||UCLA||Business Economics and Psychology|
|Omar Villa||UC Santa Cruz||Latin American Studies & Politics|
|Vina Vo||USC||Business Administration|
|Hebing Zhou||Georgetown University||Chemistry|
Earl Woods Scholars Class of 2017Meet our newest class of Earl Woods Scholars!
Jamal AdanCollege: Boston University
Major: International business
Interests: Traveling, learning languages and volunteering
Fun fact: Oldest of eight siblings born in a refugee camp in Kenya before his family was chosen in a lottery to come to America
"Caring for my younger siblings helped me to gain the skills of patience and compassion. When faced with adversity, I learned to succeed no matter what and to be more altruistic."
Zayrha ArambulaCollege: University of California, San Diego
"Our hardships have helped shape the way I think about the future. I'm optimistic and ambitious because I believe nothing's impossible and my dreams will be a reality. My mom's not-so-ordinary life has made me want to take risks. I want to travel the world and have a career that allows me to explore and study other cultures."
Tony ArmasCollege: University of California, Irvine
Major: Business administration
"A business man is what I see myself becoming; not only to be financially successful but creating a life for myself and also opening myself up as a person. Instead of confining myself, I will branch out as an individual."
Lenny BaezCollege: San Jose State University
Interests: Training and competing in judo and teaching mixed martial arts to kids
Fun fact: Goal is to make the 2020 Olympic judo team
"I was in physical therapy for two months and those two months were life changing. I was able to see how a physical therapist helps people get better. I want to be the person that can change a person's day for the better."
Jia Li DongCollege: Georgetown University
Major: International business
"After arriving in the U.S. when I was seven, the rapidity of spoken English and its unfamiliar sentence structures discouraged me. After nine years, resilience had always been a part of me as a whole, for I did not give up on learning, which granted me the ability to master my grammar usage and become proficient in essay writing."
Mikaya EmmaCollege: University of North Georgia
Major: International affairs
Interests: Playing guitar, teaching sailing to kids, community activism
Fun fact: Accepted into the senior ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) program
"I have wanted to be an officer in the U.S. Army my entire life and college is the best road I can take. I will gain the confidence and the skills to work to accomplish my dreams and eventually be the best Army officer I can be."
Claudia FloresCollege: University of California, Berkeley
"Now I have the chance to pursue a college education and change my family history. The obstacles I faced have only made me stronger and more passionate about the life ahead. My personal history has shown that I can do and possess what I desire."
Alicia FraustoCollege: Claremont McKenna College
"I look forward to being the first person in my family to go to college. Every stroke in life I have taken up to this point has gotten me closer to earning the education my parents never receive. Despite the challenges, I keep swimming through."
James GreenCollege: George Mason University
"I've always had the desire to be in the military. I will strive to emulate the man my dad is today, so I too can have a great family and a great military career. My dad is without a doubt my hero."
Alex HernandezCollege: University of California, Los Angeles
"I learned so much from my aunt when she was alive. My aunt taught me never to stop fighting, even when the odds are against me."
Bryan LaraCollege: Kalamazoo College
"I am looking forward to embracing any challenges life has for me and accomplishing every one of them. I am ready for the future. I am ready for college."
Phuong LeCollege: University of California, Los Angeles
"College will be the outlet for me to freely express myself and grow into my own person, where I can expand my musical abilities while exploring the many options of study available."
Adreina NievesCollege: Syracuse University
Major: Biology or neuroscience
Interests: Cheer and tutoring kids in English and Spanish at the community center
Fun fact: Born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Boston at 13 without speaking any English
"My grandmother has inspired me. Ever since she passed away due to Alzheimer's disease in 2009, I have planned and worked toward becoming a doctor and medical researcher."
Michelle OrtizCollege: University of California, Los Angeles
"I hope to be supportive and financially stable in the future so my children will not experience poverty and have the ability to freely express themselves without any limitations."
Mayuri PatelCollege: University of California, Irvine
Major: Biological sciences
"I know that, no matter how difficult my life may seem to me, it will always be a gift -- a luxury -- to someone else. I am fortunate to have this almost endless supply of freedom and opportunity with which I can potentially make incredible change."
Shirley PengCollege: Boston College
Interests: Journalism, travel and visiting farms
Fun fact: Traveled to Mongolia for a journalism program and volunteered in Costa Rica
"Seeing my dad work so hard for my family inspires me. He works multiple jobs just to put food on the table for me and my siblings. My dad motivates me to work hard and has made me more independent."
Edgar PerezCollege: Reed College
"I have gained a deep appreciation for knowledge and my education. I am passionate about the natural sciences, technology and mechanics, and am eager to earn a degree in the field of physics. I consider knowledge my safe haven, and do not plan on ever reaching an intellectual plateau."
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Internships: City of Anaheim / Condon Johnson and Associates / Tiger Woods Learning Center
Mentor: Aaron Bell
Three words to describe mentor: Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful
Fun fact: Competed in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: Establishing family, friends and connections.
"This scholarship has eased the burden and stress of taking out many loans. I can leave college with very little debt and that is due to the generosity of the Tiger Woods Foundation."
Internships: ATENPACE in Madrid, Spain / Tiger Woods Learning Center
Mentor: Sandy Barry
Three words to describe mentor: Friendly, loving and long distance
Fun fact: Crew member and co-director of Harvard Emergency Medical Services volunteer organization
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: The other Scholars who are so impressive and so kind.
"Four years ago I stepped into this building [the TWLC] for the first time and I learned I was receiving much more than just a check. I had an instant support network as I started college on the other side of the country."
Mount Holyoke College
Internships: Odell Simms / DC Council
Mentor: Katie Vlietstra
Three words to describe mentor: Supportive, fun and inspiring
Fun fact: Spent a semester studying international relations in Spain
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: Receiving great career advice through the workshops.
"I cannot express how thankful I am to be part of the Tiger Woods Foundation, and I feel committed to using the skills I have learned here to give back to my community."
Florida A&M University
Internships: Tallahassee City Commissioner / Townsend Public Affairs / Kelley Drye Law Firm
Mentor: Paul Rosenthal
Three words to describe mentor: Interesting, geunine and caring
Fun fact: Interning at the prestigious international law firm Kelley Drye
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: Making lifelong friendships.
"The Tiger Woods Foundation was better to me than I was to myself."
University of Arizona
Mentor: Tunisha Bowman
Three words to describe mentor: Truthful, inspirational and loyal
Fun fact: Spends her free time as a volunteer helping low-income families live more active and healthier lifestyles
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: Building an unbreakable bond with other Scholars.
"Despite the fact that we were all strangers when we first met, the Earl Woods Scholars and I now consider each other family. My Earl Woods Scholar family and my mentor have embedded an unconditional support system in my life. Now I am able to do anything without hesitation."
Internships: UCI Child Development Center / Tiger Woods Learning Center
Mentor: Jennifer Hanlon
Three words to describe mentor: Caring, funny and helpful
Fun fact: Started an on-campus club to discuss diversity and multicultural issues
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: Practice in networking and creating friendships with the other amazing Scholars from around the world.
"When I first heard about the Earl Woods Scholarship, I thought it would just be money toward education. I learned over these four years that it is so much more than that. The internship and mentorship aspect of this program have been invaluable to my education."
Business Economics and Psychology
Internships: Marriott / Lazy Dog Cafe
Mentor: Becky McLaughlin
Three words to describe mentor: Couldn't do without
Fun fact: Landed a job at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Risk Assurance Associate
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: The mentorship -- one of the most valuable resources I had as a college student.
"The mentorship I have is one of the most valuable resources I had as a college student. I definitely cannot imagine that I would be as successful without the help and support of my mentor. My mentor taught me how to believe in myself and my abilities."
Internships: Fudan University in Shanghai, China / Georgetown University, Research
Mentor: Ed Machir
Three words to describe mentor: Supportive, connected and friendly
Fun fact: Published two scientific articles on nanomaterials
Favorite thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar: Meeting new, great people.
"The Earl Woods Scholarship gave me hope and allowed me to become a proud Hoya at Georgetown University."
CommunicationsPrestigious photography award-winner
My whole life I told myself I was going to go to college. But halfway through my senior year, when I started getting accepted into colleges, I didn't know if I could actually go anymore because I didn't know where the money was going to come from. And then one day, I got home and received a letter from the Tiger Woods Foundation telling me I received the Earl Woods Scholarship. That was the day I knew I was going to college. It was a big relief.
BA in American literature and cultureBlogger for official PGA TOUR golf tournaments
What I have found most meaningful about the Earl Woods Scholarship program are all the great people I've met along the way. The program and the people never cease to amaze me. They understand what we scholars are trying to do, and their belief in us makes a whole world of difference. A little bit of confidence can go a long way, but what this program has given me is so much more!
BiochemistryNo. 1 in the biology department and graduating with honors
My mentor has been an integral part of my development throughout my years in college. I'm thankful to have a professional look after me and make sure I've been on the right track. Through my mentor, I was introduced to a general surgeon at Hoag Hospital that I shadowed over winter break, which gave me the confirmation that I do in fact want to be a surgeon. I am so grateful for that experience.
BiochemistryPresident of Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach (MEMO) at UCLA, UCI and UCSD
My mentor Andy and I clicked instantaneously! He has been my friend, my mentor and one of the greatest people I've ever known. His words about promoting education and helping those less fortunate inspired me to join a medical mission trip to Vietnam where I learned lessons of humility and how to be grateful for the small treasures of life. His passion for helping others and the knowledge of how to run an organization has taught me how to run MEMO as best I can.
Business AdministrationTraveled to Ghana to set up village's first community development bank
Without the Earl Woods Scholarship, I would not have the same insight, experiences or perspectives that I do about college, education and my impact in society. I wouldn't have had the support and guidance I needed in the times I needed them the most and for that reason, I am really thankful to be a part of the foundation. The mentorship and relationships I've built have been extremely valuable to me.
Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceAccepted a full-time job with NASA for post-graduation
The benefit of being a scholar was meeting so many fantastic people who are supportive of me through my four years of college and even after I graduate. The Earl Woods Scholarship helped me graduate, which was always a huge obstacle for me in terms of funding. The TWF staff helped me prepare for an interview with Pixar where I landed a memorable summer internship. Then when I got the job at NASA, they helped me with negotiation and discerning whether this job was right for me. I am very privileged to have had an army of people supporting me throughout college.
College of the Holy Cross
PsychologyMember of an all-male a cappella group called The Sound of St. James
The best thing about being an Earl Woods Scholar is the support that you get. You never feel like you are alone, and there are always people who are checking up on you. I have become more motivated, focused and happier knowing that I have so many people to fall back on when I'm stressed or times get tough. My future plans became more solidified and less blurry since joining the Earl Woods Scholarship program. It feels great to have a good plan set in place and direction of where I want to go.
University of Idaho
Environmental ScienceInterned at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C.
As an Earl Woods Scholar, my biggest accomplishment has been to intern at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. The Tiger Woods Foundation blessed me with this chance to work with EPA staff members and to understand what it feels like to work on real projects, like evaluating mercury spills. As an Earl Woods Scholar, opportunities keep arising, and I consider every one of them a gift. This program has helped me achieve my dreams.
BS in Biochemistry
My goal is to impact children at the professional level by implementing programs for youth development. Using these programs, I wish to help children reach their full potential to achieve their goals.
BA in Psychology
I plan on obtaining a master's in student affairs in the future. This degree will help me advance my plans of working with students in a university setting where I can continue to pursue my passion for education.
BA in Latin American & Latino Studies
I will be applying to different master's programs and law schools this upcoming fall. I hope to attend a private institution where I will complete a joint degree program and get my master's in higher education and a degree in law.
UC San Diego
BS in General Biology
My career goal is to become a doctor, and my passion is to serve under-represented populations through medical missions. I have a vision as a medical doctor to provide ways for these communities to have doctors of their own. I hope to mobilize clinics and provide training and sustainable health care. This fall, I will begin my medical studies abroad as first-year medical student in the China Dual Program.