Redefining what it means to be a champion
“Our purpose is to equip kids with a solid education and the mindset to persevere. We are quietly impacting an entire generation for the better.”
— Tiger Woods
When the foundation launched in 1996, I was 20 years old. I knew our junior golf program and the grants were having a positive impact, but the tragedy of 9/11 made me realize we needed to do more. I wanted a permanent, safe space for kids to explore their dreams. From there, we created the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim and the Earl Woods Scholar Program, honoring my dad.
Over twenty years later, the results speak for themselves. We worked in STEM before it was a common acronym. To date, the TGR Learning Lab has served more than 150,000 students. We’ve introduced 85,000 girls to STEM careers and reached 1,000 educators annually, bringing them professional-development programs in STEM education.
We’ve also been pioneers in positive youth development, building resilience and developing self-advocacy skills in young people. Research shows this is critical to long-term success in life. We believe that if we give every student access to educational resources and show them that their self-worth is not defined by where they come from or the color of their skin, they will be unstoppable.
Our Earl Woods Scholars embody that tenacity, blazing trails to become tomorrow’s innovators, creators and leaders. At 98.7%, we have one of the highest college graduation rates among scholarship programs in the U.S. And our unique one-to-one philosophy provides critical support to our first-generation college students.
For the last two decades, we’ve done more for children who have less. And now we’re expanding our reach through TGREDU: Explore, providing our award-winning programs to millions of students, teachers and families worldwide.
Quality educational resources can transform students and schools. They have the long-term power to impact crime, generational poverty and unemployment. I’m dedicated to the growth of this important work. We are just getting started.