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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.

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
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.

James Green George Mason University Criminology
Jaron McKinnon DePauw University Psychology

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

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

Students with an (*) are new scholars.

Orange County
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.

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

Earl Woods Scholars Class of 2018

Meet our newest class of Earl Woods Scholars!

Oscar Chavez

College: Wabash College
Major: Biomedical engineering

"Throughout my life I have overcome many challenges that have helped me become the man I am today. My past has played a huge factor in the development of my dreams and goals. One of my goals is to change my community and help it prosper."


Joanna Cheung

College: University of California, San Diego
Major: Nanoengineering

"I learned from experiences that without hard work and dedication, success is unachievable. Like my parents, who have put their full effort in trying to provide for the family, I hope to one day provide for them. My hope is to be educated and well-rounded for any circumstance, so that I am able to provide for my family and aid my community."


Anita Chheang

College: University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Biology

"Through my family, background and culture, I was able to realize my strengths as an individual to persevere through my troubles and negative surroundings. My parents made sure I am fully aware of the limitations placed on individuals with low education. Because I have experienced a life of poverty, I am extremely motivated to overcome these obstacles. Most of all, my family has taught me to persevere in times of distress. As a future pediatrician, I hope to give back and make a difference in the poverty stricken communities."


Alondra Contreras

College: Whitman College
Major: Biology

"I look at college like the beginning of my life, and I want to share my plethora of knowledge about my experiences to the world. I used to hold back on my emotions, but now I laugh like I never laughed before. I want to make joyous memories in college because I want the beginning of my life to be blissful in loving memory of my brother."


Efosa Erhunmwunse

College: Ithaca College
Major: Athletic training/Physical therapy

"Becoming a physical therapist is the way I will make my name in the world. I am going to open my own multi-purpose facility. It will enable people to become physical therapists and give them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. I plan to enter a six-year bachelor-doctoral program in physical therapy. After I graduate from college, I look forward to obtaining work experience with professional athletes and even a major sports team, particularly basketball players. Working with basketball players is my dream goal because when I was younger, I always dreamed of being in the WNBA, but as I got older I noticed the chances of that were slim to none. I started to think about how I could be a part of the professional athlete life, but from a different aspect."


Casey Fang

College: College of the Holy Cross
Major: Economics

"Some of the things that describe me are kind, charismatic, careful, funny and sensitive. It took a lot for me to develop this kind of self-confidence, though. I didn't grow up with encouraging influences like a stable supporting family, safe community and healthy home life. Actually, I was scared and vulnerable living with my mom and brother in East Boston. I feel like my family was a constant target to the neighborhood because we were racially isolated. As if that was not burdensome enough, my mother was mentally incapable of caring for herself."


Charbel Hanna

College: Emmanuel College
Major: Accouting/Finance

"Thinking back to my childhood, coming from a strong Lebanese background, if it wasn't for my old-fashioned parents and their authoritative parenting, I believe I wouldn't be the powerful person I am today. My parents regret never completing their high school education, so at a young age they told me to never take an education for granted and to strive toward success and college. They taught me to take every opportunity that is presented to me and to remember that even through the most challenging times in life, St. Charbel will remain with me as he guides me along the way."


Quyen Nguyen

College: Juniata College
Major: Chemistry and business

"Combined with the love for chemistry that I've discovered in myself, a 'little' dream of becoming a perfume chemist and creating my own business line of fragrances is now engrained in my mind. I'm eager to pursue my dream in order to bring memories, relief and aspirations to everyone through fragrances."


Keisha Osei

College: Ithaca College
Major: Public health

"When I won mayor of Hyde, I saw how much I have grown as a leader. I saw how much I could accomplish without the thought of everything having to be perfect. In that moment, I transitioned from childhood to adulthood. I shed the mindset that everything I do must be perfect. Throughout this experience I have learned to no longer doubt each sentence I write because I have seen the greatness in me and I am not turning back. I do not have to be the female James Bond, I am just Keisha, and that is beautiful."


Lizette Rodriguez

College: Brown University
Major: Psychology

"My ability to adapt to a new environment and lifestyle shows my resilience, versatility, determination and perseverance, which will facilitate my transition into college. I understand the effort and work needed whenever a change in life occurs. I am eager to get a college education and am ready for this new chapter in my life to begin."


Liliana Suarez

College: New York University
Major: Undeclared

"I know what it feels like to belong to the bottom tier of society and it inspires me to climb to the top. I will continue to fulfill my passion despite all of the odds acting against me. No task is too tough for me when my hunger for success takes over."


Eunyque Sykes

College: Bucknell University
Major: Animal behavior

"Although growing into my name has been a challenge, it has taught me who I am. I have developed an interest that sets me apart. For almost four years, I have been dedicated to working at the Franklin Park Zoo as a zookeeper, something most teenagers will never have the opportunity to do. I help take care of small mammals and reptiles -- making their food, giving them medicine and cleaning their cages. All of these animals have their own unique personality, some are shy and others demand attention. Like me, these animals are not the same because they are different from one another, not only because of what they look like, but because of who they are. One day, I look forward to turning this passion for working with animals into a lifelong career."


Karina Trujillo

College: University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Applied mathematics

"Because I see many kids with no positive role models and living in poverty, I wish to be able to lend a hand for children experiencing a similar situation as a mentor and positive role model. I want to be someone that can bring change and grow as a person. I want to make my family proud when I graduate from a four-year university and not just have a job, but something I am passionate about."


Henry Tsang

College: Harvard University
Major: Economics

"It's important for younger kids to have mentors. In a world where parents are becoming busier and busier, young students need more guidance than ever. I love the sense of responsibility that I feel when I mentor children. I love the smiles on their faces when they reach an epiphany about their schoolwork. And I love the way that they look up to me and ask me for advice about their social life. In my opinion, the best ways to prepare children for future studies and future success is to nurture their curiosity. I want to pass on to other children the same curiosity that my parents instilled into me."


Phuong Vo

College: Williams College
Major: Economics and history

"I know that I can confront any obstacles in my college career and beyond, because I have learned to deal with pressure, with loneliness and with adversity. Now I no longer view an obstacle as bad luck, but rather as a chance for me to discover something new, a way to improve myself as I transition to the next stage of my life and onward."


Maria Zepeda

College: University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Communications

"I was raised by a pride that encourages me to boil my passion to a degree that can mark the world. I intend to use this passion to write of the stories of the world. I want to expose the struggles common people go through, the worries that we face especially in a community of little opportunity."


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


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

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

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

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
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

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
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

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

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
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

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

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.