During a Thursday afternoon ceremony at TPC Boston, Woods presented Jamal Adan and Vladimir Casseus with Red Sox jerseys. Adan, fellow scholarship recipient Shirley Peng, and Woods will be introduced at Fenway Park ahead of Friday night’s Red Sox game.
“[The Earl Woods Scholarship Program, named for Tiger’s late father] is an opportunity for these kids to go to college and make something of themselves and their lives,” Woods said during a press conference following Thursday’s pro-am tournament. “We’re excited to be able to provide that opportunity….If you give these kids a chance, it’s amazing what they’re able to do.”
Woods noted that Casseus, the Tiger Woods Foundation’s first Boston scholar who is pursuing his master’s degree in school psychology at Tufts University, will sing the National Anthem prior to the Red Sox-Orioles game.
“It’s pretty exciting stuff,” said the world No. 1, whose charitable foundation has been the primary beneficiary of the Deutsche Bank Championship since 2003.
Adan, a first-generation college student whose parents and six siblings moved to the U.S. from Africa, will attend Boston University in the fall to pursue a degree in international business. Peng, an East Boston native, will head to Boston College.
“This new partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation will expand on the important work of mentorship and financial assistance for Boston-area students that has long been a focus for the Red Sox Foundation,” honorary chair of the Red Sox Foundation and former BoSox pitcher Tim Wakefield said in a statement. “We are pleased the Earl Woods Scholarships will give access to college to even more students from our community, and look forward to working with the Tiger Woods Foundation on selecting worthy, academically talented students in the years to come.”
The other three new Earl Woods Scholars from the Bay State are Lenny Baez, majoring in kinesiology at San Jose State University; Adreina Nieves, a biology major at Syracuse University; and Mikaya Emma, an international affairs major at the University of North Georgia.
Casseus received his undergraduate degree in psychology at College of the Holy Cross in 2012 and spent a year working at City Year Boston helping to mentor high school students.