Tiger Woods Foundation plays special role in student's life

Kyle Melnick, USA TODAY Sports
1:06 p.m. EDT June 23, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. — Growing up, Adrian Arias didn’t have a vision beyond college.

Arias’ parents attended college in the Dominican Republic then later moved to Washington. So they couldn’t advise from experience what their son should pursue after he graduated from high school.

But Arias’ goals for the future changed when he received a scholarship from the Tiger Woods Foundation during his senior year of high school.

With the foundation’s support, Arias set out and accomplished his goal to graduate from Ohio Northern University with a GPA above 3.5 while becoming the first member of his family to earn a degree in the U.S.

He is one of more than 150,000 students who have received support from the Tiger Woods Foundation, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September.

“The Tiger Woods Foundation has been more so like a family to me,” Arias said. “They’ve been my No. 1 supporters since I went to college….

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