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Annual Winter Workshop unites partners, alumni to empower scholars for college success

First-generation college students returning to class often find themselves overwhelmed with limited support. TGR Foundation eases the burdens of Earl Woods Scholars kicking off the year with its annual Winter Workshop.  

Held January 3-5 at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, the 2024 Winter Workshop united more than 60 students of all levels from colleges and universities across the country. Most scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education and benefit from personalized support to navigate their unique challenges. Throughout the event, they had opportunities to connect with peers, prepare for their remaining college years and build skills to maximize their experience and overcome obstacles on their path to graduation. The Foundation collaborates with partners who are committed to its mission of empowering students to pursue their passions through education.  

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TGR Foundation welcomes two distinguished leaders as new board members

TGR Foundation, a leading education nonprofit, has announced the appointment of William “Bill” Smilow and Joe Wilkins to its national board of governors. Both distinguished leaders bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to impacting the lives of youth and their communities.

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TGR Foundation CEO shares 2023 Year In Review

As I reflect on my first six months as TGR Foundation’s CEO, I am energized by the incredible impact the organizationmade in 2023 and excited about our plans for 2024 and beyond. I’m especially thankful for our board of governors,executive leadership, team members and community of donors and partners whose dedication to empowering students to pursue their passions through education makes the important work we do possible. 

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Anaheim high school students experience interactive health careers field trip

Students from three Anaheim high schools who are interested in pursuing health care careers participated  in a hands-on, interactive learning event led by nine Providence health care professionals at the TGR Learning Lab on Friday, November 17. The event featured a panel discussion with Providence doctors and other professionals and experiential working sessions where the students engaged in activities involving biotechnology.

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TGR Foundation and DoD STEM Partner to Invest in Educators, Prepare Youth for STEM Workforce

TGR Foundation and DoD STEM are working together to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workforce by engaging students, educators and professionals in STEM activities and making real-world connections. The partnership has made a significant impact through strategic programming that exposes students to STEM careers and helps them develop skills to work toward their careers.

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Christina Friend joins TGR Foundation as chief development officer

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Christina Friend as its new chief development officer. Friend, an energetic leader in philanthropy, will oversee TGR Foundation’s newly established development department, focused on raising funds to empower students from under-resourced communities to pursue their passions through education.  “Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to TGR […]

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TGR Foundation, Providence address gaps in community health career pipeline through inaugural Community Health Academy

Joined by Providence health care professionals, Southern California high school students gathered at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA for an immersive experience to build skills while learning about health care career pathways.

The inaugural  Community Health Career Academy, developed in partnership with TGR Foundation and Providence, guided students through three sessions with activities focused on the use of data in genetics, for melanoma in particular; using data to assess community needs such as high rates of drowning and head trauma; and ways to target audiences to address concerns and change behaviors.

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Hrag Hamalian joins TGR Foundation as president, TGR Learning Labs and national programs

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Hrag M. Hamalian as its new president, TGR Learning Labs and national programs. Hrag is a dynamic leader in education who will oversee TGR Foundation’s education programs and the team responsible for delivering programming to students from under-resourced communities nationwide. 

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Scholar Voices: How I aligned my career path with my passion for human rights and social injustice

I started my journey at Lafayette College intending to study economics and faced many challenges trying to decide what I wanted to pursue after college. My classes were packed with STEM courses, and I felt ill-prepared for the journey I was about to embark upon. TGR Foundation was extremely helpful in my struggles throughout the years. As an Earl Woods Scholar, I was paired with an amazing mentor, Tim Walsh, who opened up his networks and family to me and was very active throughout each year. 

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Cobbs Creek Foundation breaks ground on TGR Learning Lab and revitalization of historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course

PHILADELPHIA – Members of the Cobbs Creek Foundation were joined by elected officials, educators, and supporters to celebrate the launch of the foundation’s revitalization of the historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course, a project that will invest at least $100 million into restoring the course and transforming the property into a dynamic golf and education campus. 

The groundbreaking marks the start of construction for the Cobbs Creek Campus. The initial phases of development will include building a reservoir and pumphouse, TGR Learning Lab and driving range building. 

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TGR Foundation welcomes executive director of TGR Learning Lab at Cobbs Creek

TGR Foundation has announced Meredith Foote as the executive director of its new TGR Learning Lab in Philadelphia. Foote, an experienced leader in education will oversee all programs, operations and funding opportunities at the TGR Learning Lab at Cobbs Creek which will empower students to discover and achieve their fullest potential.

“We are excited to have Meredith join TGR Foundation and lead our expansion into Philadelphia at the Cobbs Creek campus,” said John Lee, senior vice president programs and education. “She shares our passion for education and providing youth with access and opportunities to thrive.”

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TGR Foundation announces new leadership

IRVINE, Calif. (June 20, 2023) – TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Cynthia (Cyndi) Court as the Foundation’s new CEO. Court, a seasoned nonprofit leader with experience in youth development, education, marketing and fundraising will lead TGR Foundation as it continues its mission to empower students to pursue their passions through education.

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TGR Foundation, Providence share tips to prioritize mental health

TGR Foundation and Providence are working together to support students and families during Mental Health Month and beyond through their partnership, Empowered Health, focused on health education, health equity and workforce development.   In the United States, 70% of students seek mental health resources through schools and educational institutions, according to the Department of Education’s […]

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TGR Foundation celebrates Mental Health Month, unveils green bench in partnership with Providence  

In support of Mental Health Month, TGR Foundation and Providence partnered in support of students and families in Southern California through the Empowered Health Wellness Fair, where they unveiled the newest green bench of Providence’s Promise to Talk initiative.  

During the free event, students and families had the opportunity to participate in various workshops, offered in English and Spanish. The sessions provided tips and tools to help participants navigate and prioritize their mental health.  

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Scholar Voices: How higher education will break the cycle of poverty for me and my community

Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, the worries of leading a life full of poverty and crime consumed my existence. Instead of viewing this feeling as an excuse, I turned it into motivation to rise above my life circumstances and excel as an active member of my community.     With determination, I have contributed to […]

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TGR Foundation celebrates Women’s History Month, Chief Operating Officer

With a vision of a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless, TGR Foundation celebrates Women’s History Month. We are proud of the many women on our team who help us empower youth through education. 

Jin Choi Thatcher has served the Foundation for more than 20 years and was recently named chief operating officer. With humble beginnings in Orange County and a Korean American heritage, Thatcher has a passion for helping under-resourced communities. As a first-generation high school and college graduate who worked hard and maximized resources to fund her education, she is a proud alumna of Western High School and the University of California, Irvine.  

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TGR Foundation seeks new CEO in collaboration with Nolan Partners

TGR Foundation is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer with a dynamic background to lead its strategic direction moving forward. Executive search firm Nolan Partners has been retained to assist in the search for its next CEO.

Nolan Partners is a globally recognized leader in executive placement with experience collaborating with leading brands and organizations in sports and entertainment to place candidates in high-level executive positions. The firm will lead the search for TGR Foundation whose mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education.

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TGR Foundation and TGR Design to partner with the Cobbs Creek Foundation in community development project

TGR Foundation and TGR Design are partnering with the Cobbs Creek Foundation to enhance access to education and golf in Philadelphia through the new Cobbs Creek campus. The campus will support the community through innovative education programs and opportunities to empower youth to discover and achieve their fullest potential.

Through the partnership, TGR Foundation will operate a TGR Learning Lab, providing youth from the region access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, college preparation and career readiness programs.

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Genesis, Genesis Inspiration Foundation commit $1M to TGR Foundation, STEAM education

Genesis Gives, the corporate social responsibility initiative of Genesis Motor North America, and the Genesis Inspiration Foundation announced their commitment of $1 million to TGR Foundation to advance science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education for youth over the next five years at the TGR Learning Lab. Part of this partnership will include learning opportunities for students from TGR Foundation at the Genesis Design Studio. Ceremonial checks were presented to the organization during The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.  

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Scholar Voices: The Importance of Mentorship

I was the first person from my high school to ever get accepted into and attend an Ivy League school. I was celebrated and praised after the news broke out, but deep down I felt sadness more than anything.

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