Player: Tiger Woods
Team: Professional Golfer
Website: Tiger Woods Foundation
Mission/Info:(Via the website): At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe in college access for underserved youth.
Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father, Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities for youth worldwide. What began as simply a dream to provide young people with opportunities and the tools needed to achieve a bright future has grown into a global organization that has served young people around the world.
Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a one-of-a-kind, 35,000-square-foot education facility custom-built for the underserved youth of Southern California. Everything at the Learning Center is about active participation and hands-on learning. Scholars in grades 5-12 experience college-access programs focused on science, engineering, technology and math. Interactive classes — in subjects ranging from rocketry, aerospace engineering and marine biology to graphic design and communications — allow our students to explore a future in almost any career and recognize the importance of attending college.
The Foundation recently celebrated the official expansion of the Tiger Woods Learning Center with the launch of two campuses in Washington, D.C. The two TWLC-DC campuses are located at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Ward 6 and the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Ward 7. The TWLC-DC spaces and curriculum are custom-built for the young people in that community, providing students in multiple wards access to innovative programs and the latest technology. Students attending the TWLC-DC experience a technology-rich, innovative and highly motivated environment that has been integral to the success of the Southern California location. Activities include building and programming robots, exploring outer space and creating films.
With the support of the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, our scholars are able to make their dreams of going to college a reality. In addition to a $5,000 scholarship — renewable for up to four years — our scholars receive a dedicated mentor and specialized internships which help prepare them for life after college. The Earl Woods Scholarship Program also provides an unparalleled support network that covers things often taken for granted, like money for books, a plane ticket home or a new winter coat. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and a proven commitment to community service. Our scholars — many of whom are first-generation college students — are currently attending prestigious universities such as Harvard, Georgetown, UC Berkley and UCLA.