PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Tiger Woods is the first individual donor to a new University of Maryland Eastern Shore scholarship fund that will honor the memory of Dr. Charlie Sifford, the late professional golfer.
Woods is joining with the university to pay tribute to the man who broke the color barrier on the PGA Tour in the early 1960s.
Woods’ personal gift of $10,000 will launch the Sifford Fund, which UMES is creating to “provide need-based scholarships to highly talented students who demonstrate a passion for the game of golf … and who are from populations underrepresented in the golf industry.”
UMES is the nation’s lone historically black university that offers a bachelor’s degree in professional golf management accredited by the PGA of America.
“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,” UMES President Juliette B. Bell said.
Sifford died Feb. 3 at the age of 92, a passing that prompted the golf and sports worlds to pause and reflect on what he accomplished.
Many looked to Woods, who called Sifford “the grandpa I never had.”
"Without Charlie Sifford, and the other pioneers who fought to play, I may not be playing golf," Woods said. "My Pop may not have picked up the game, and maybe I wouldn't have either."