Pro golf icon Tiger Woods is using his influence and money to provide opportunities for the next generation of black professionals interested in golf.
According to HBCU Digest, Woods is giving $10,000 to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to establish a scholarship fund in support of the school’s golf management degree program. With UMES having the nation’s only historically black program of this kind, Woods donation will provide further educational and professional development resources in order to prepare graduates for executive careers in hospitality, business and leadership within an industry that generates more than $68 billion annually. In addition to providing more resources for UMES golf professionals, Woods donation was created in honor of Charles Sifford, who became the first African American to compete on the PGA Tour in 1961.
“The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is honored to accept this generous gift from Tiger Woods to support our professional golf management program and to partner with us in acknowledging Dr. Sifford’s role as a sports pioneer,” said UMES President Juliette B. Bell.