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Upon acceptance into the program, each Earl Woods Scholar is partnered with a dedicated mentor, who serves as an advocate, career coach, personal advisor and role model throughout their college experience. The mentors provide their scholar with advice and the resources needed to help them succeed with their chosen degree and develop skills necessary for their professional career.
The power of mentoring can create a unique opportunity for collaboration, achieving goals and problem solving. The premise of this program is simple: no one succeeds alone. Educational research demonstrates the value of one-on-one relationships as a means of helping individuals set goals and achieve them. A pipeline is created when students who are mentored graduate from college and become mentors themselves.
Mentoring is a wonderful way to support our Earl Woods Scholars and give back to your community. Mentors have the exciting opportunity to build relationships and resources for young people. One of the most important elements of our mentoring program is finding a great match for each scholar. At the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), we take special care with each pairing to ensure common interests provide a solid foundation for building a strong, trusting relationship.
TWF is seeking professionals with passion, leadership and a desire to help a young person succeed. Our intentional matching process requires the mentor to submit an application and go through a background check. The mentor will be asked to set up an interview so TWF can assess professional interests, attributes and qualities that are best suited for the scholars. Location, availability and accessibility are also important aspects of this process. The Foundation staff is always available for mentors as they embark on the adventure of mentorship.
- Responsible, caring and passionate about the success of young people
- Demonstrates the importance of service and giving back to community
- Attends orientation at beginning of program
- Commits to a four year mentor/scholar experience, renewable annually
- Commits to communication once a month with scholar via in-person meetings, emails or phone calls
- Commits to attend at least one Earl Woods Scholarship Program event per year
- Participates in a standard background check
"My mentoring relationship has helped me think more profoundly about my goals and given me ways to meet those goals."— Luz Flores, Mount Holyoke College '13
"Talking to my mentor has given me the motivation to pursue bigger dreams. His stories of his own philanthropy, remind me of the greatness people can achieve through hard work. Because of my mentor I have noticed a strength and determination I had not received before. My resolution to become a doctor is stronger than before. As I grow more focused on philanthropy, I have reshaped by goals into not only being a doctor, but also an MD, MPH to help the many ailments that plague our world."— Steven Pham, UCLA '12
"My mentor relationship has helped me become open to taking in advice and has made life a little easier. I don't ever have to feel like I am alone at college. I know that there is a support system that I can depend on that stretches not only from in my familial circle but to my mentor as well."
— Vladimir Casseus, College of the Holy Cross '12
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2010 1st Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2010 2nd Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2010 3rd Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2010 4th Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2009 1st Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2009 2nd Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2009 3rd Quarter
- Mentor/Mentee Bulletin - 2009 4th Quarter
Success Story: Bianca Angeles & Rhonda Zygocki
I hope you are doing well! I just want to update you on my recent mentor-mentee experience.
I visited Chevron's international headquarters in San Ramon on Friday, and it was beautiful. Initially, I thought I would just be meeting up with Rhonda for a quick lunch, but they had an entire agenda prepared for me.
Rhonda and I met with Kit Yarrow for lunch; Kit is the head of the Psychology department in Golden Gate University here in SF, and she had so many wonderful insights about the field. She gave me practical advice as to what career opportunities are available for me and what masters or PhD path I should take to be able to pursue those careers.
I also met with Miriam Lopez - a member of Chevron's Filipino Diversity Network. Since I'm involved with the Filipino community here in Berkeley, Rhonda understood my deep investment in this community, and so she made the effort to match my interests with whatever Chevron has to offer. I also met with two Berkeley grads who are working in Rhonda's department, and they told me all about their experiences in college as well as what path they took to get to the careers that they have today.
It was a genuine learning experience for me, and I feel so grateful that I can call so many people my mentors. Thank you for matching me with Rhonda; she is an amazing leader and a very compassionate individual. I am really grateful for everything the Foundation has done for me, and I wake up every morning just amazed at the brilliant opportunities laid out before me!
Have a wonderful day! :)
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