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Earl Woods Scholarship Program

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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.



Boston
RecipientCollegeMajor
Jamal Adan Boston University International Business
Lenny Baez San Jose State University Kinesiology
Evan Chung* Harvard University Biomedical Engineering
Mikaya Emma University of North Georgia International Affairs (Asian concentration)
Casey Fang* College of the Holy Cross Economics
Charbel Hanna* Emmanuel College Accounting
Andreina Nieves Syracuse University Undeclared
Shirley Peng Boston College Undeclared
Eunyque Sykes* Bucknell University Animal Behavior
Henry Tsang* Harvard University Chemistry

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

District of Columbia
RecipientCollegeMajor
Jia Li Dong Georgetown University International Business
Mariah Green Temple University Strategic Communication
Mariah Harrod Coppin State University Psychology
Jorge Hernandez University of DC Psychology
Xuan Trang Le University of Wisconsin-Madison International Business & Marketing
Darryl Robinson Georgetown University Healthcare Management & Policy
Sitra Salaam Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology
Gloria Salamanca Georgetown University Healthcare Management
Sarah-Julie Tchokouani Ohio State Political Science
Omokuyani Udiani North Carolina State University Physics
Montel Yancy Tufts University Music

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

Military
RecipientCollegeMajor
James Green George Mason University Criminology
Jaron McKinnon DePauw University Psychology

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

New York
RecipientCollegeMajor
Efosa Erhunmwunse* Ithaca College Clinical Health Studies
Keisha Osei* Ithaca College Public Health

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

Orange County
RecipientCollegeMajor
Erika Adre UC Berkeley Chemical Engineering
Milinda Ajawara Hamilton College Biology
Zayrha Arambula UC San Diego Undeclared
Melissa Arambulo UC Berkeley Architecture
Tony Armas UC Irvine Business Economics
Alemar Brito Stanford University Sociology
Oscar Chavez* Wabash College Biomedical Engineering
Trang Che UC Irvine Public Health
Joanna Cheung* UC San Diego NanoEngineering
Anita Chheang* UCLA Biology
Aisha Cissna Humboldt State University Environmental Science: Policy
Alondra Contreras* Whitman College Biology
Stephanie Estrada Chapman University Spanish
Fadi Farsakh UC Berkeley Integrative Biology
Claudia Flores UC Berkeley Mathematics
Alicia Frausto Claremont McKenna College International Relations and Spanish
Karina Gomez Haverford Chemistry
Raymundo Gutierrez NYU Music Education
Alex Hernandez UCLA Undeclared
Bryan Lara Kalamazoo College Biology and Music
Phuong Le UCLA Pre-Psychobiology
Gustavo Lopez Reed College Biology
Grisel Medina Chapman University Psychology and Spanish
Eduardo Munoz Allegheny College Biology
Iliana Navarro Haverford College Spanish
Kevin Ngo UC San Diego Computer Science
Kevin Nguyen USC Computer Engineering
Minh Nguyen UCLA Biology
Ngoc Nguyen UC San Diego Aerospace Engineering
Quyen Nguyen* Juniata College Chemistry and Business
Tim Nguyen UCLA Physiological Sciences
Katrina Obieta Bryn Mawr College Biology
Michelle Ortiz UCLA Neuroscience
Hector Pantoja Whittier Business Administration
Mayuri Patel UC Irvine Biological Sciences
Edgar Perez Reed College Physics
Eduardo Rivas Lewis & Clark College Psychology and Hispanic Studies
Lizette Rodriguez* Brown University Psychology
Karen Romero Occidental College Critical Theory and Social Justice
Felipe Sepulveda Harvard College Economics
Liliana Suarez* NYU Undeclared
Rogelio Tec UC Santa Barbara International Global Studies and English
Wendy Torres UC Berkeley English and Gender & Women's Studies
Karina Trujili UCLA Applied Mathematics
Tiffany Truong Franklin & Marshall College Economics
Phuong Vo* Williams College Economimcs
Maria Zepeda* UCLA Communications

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

Alumni
RecipientCollegeMajor
Karla Aguilar UC Berkeley Computer Science
Marlyn Aguilar UC Irvine Economics and Sociology
Sharon Almonte Lewis & Clark College History and Hispanic Studies
Bianca Angeles UC Berkeley Psychology
Yury Amaya Georgetown University Psychology
Veronica Arellano UC Santa Barbara Biopsychology
Adrian Arias Ohio Northern University Criminal Justice
Fatou Bekeyi University of Idaho Environmental Science
Bhumi Bhakta UCLA Human Biology & Society
Jonathan Bowie Tufts University History and Religion
Ayanna Brooks Hood College Communication Arts
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 and Pre-Law
Susana Lagarde CSU Fullerton Communications
Grace Lee UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Yaffet Menna Georgetown University Neurobiology and Finance
Ladyssara Medina Chapman University Biology
Tamika Mitchell University of Arizona Nutritional Science
Marcos Muniz UCLA Microbiology
Stephanie Navarette Syracuse University Health & Exercise Science
Jenny Nguyen UCLA American Literature & Culture
Nhung Nguyen UCLA Anthropolgy
Johanna Otico Whitman College Psychology
Soon Jin (Judy) Park Harvard College Social Studies
Darion Parker Georgetown University English
Avni Patel UCLA Biochemistry
Steven Pham UCLA Biochemistry
Jessica Rodriguez Chapman University Psychology
Kristy Thompson Pepperdine University Business Administration
Nhat Tong UCLA Business Economics and Psychology
Omar Villa UC Santa Cruz Latin American Studies & Politics
Vina Vo USC Business Administration
Timothy Vu UCLA Biology
Hebing Zhou Georgetown University Chemistry

Trent Casillas

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Civil Engineering

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."

 

Taylor Compton

Harvard
Neurobiology

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."

 

Luz Flores

Mount Holyoke College
International Relations

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."

 

Damion Hunt

Florida A&M University
Political Science

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."

 
 

Tamika Mitchell

University of Arizona
Nutritional Science

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."

 

Johanna Otico

Whitman College
Psychology

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."

 

Nhat Tong

UCLA
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."

 

Hebing Zhou

Georgetown University
Chemistry

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."



Susana Lagarde

CSU Fullerton
Communications
Prestigious 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.

 

Jenny Nguyen

UCLA
BA in American literature and culture
Blogger 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!

 

Evan Chang

Occidental College
Biochemistry
No. 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.

 

Steven Pham

UCLA
Biochemistry
President 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.

 

Vina Vo

USC
Business Administration
Traveled 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.

 

Grace Lee

UC Berekeley
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Accepted 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.

 

Vladimir Casseus

College of the Holy Cross
Psychology
Member 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.

 

Fatou Bekeyi

University of Idaho
Environmental Science
Interned 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.



Avni Patel

UCLA
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.
 

Bianca Angeles

UC Berkeley
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.
 

Omar Villa

UCSC
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.
 

Stephanie Chae

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.