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Portland Parks & Recreation Announces Winners of Full College Scholarships

EAGLE Program, Evans Scholarships send three to University of Oregon

(Portland, OR) –

Three Portland-area EAGLE students (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) have earned full housing and tuition scholarships to the University of Oregon beginning this fall through the Evans Scholars Program: Madison High School senior Ngoc Le, Franklin High’s Xingling Guan, and Parkrose High senior Demetrius Wallace.

Evans Scholarships are supported by the Western Golf Association, and valued at more than $80,000 over four years. The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship, being in the top 10% of one's high school class, and two years either caddying or working in the golf business.

The EAGLE program is a unique internship program that is a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and public high schools located within the city of Portland, aimed at introducing students to all aspects of golf course operation. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage, receive work credit hours, and have a mentor who monitors their progress. In addition, scholarship opportunities are available from their involvement in our program. Since 1992, over 80 students have successfully completed college on Evans Scholarships received through PP&R’s EAGLE program. As a part of the EAGLE program, Guan, Le, and Wallace served as caddies for 80 separate 18-hole rounds during the 2014 and 2015 summer golf seasons.   

“I offer my heartiest congratulations to these students for showing tremendous drive and initiative,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I am proud they have earned the Evans Scholarships to continue their education, demonstrating the success of an important Portland Parks & Recreation partnership with public high schools.”

“These are three extremely impressive students, and I can see many more exciting milestones in Ngoc, Xingling and Demetrius’ futures,” says Parks Director Mike Abbaté. “I’m proud that they have worked so hard in school, and in the EAGLE program, to be able to continue their superb academic achievement, and on scholarship. The EAGLE program is one more way we provide our mission of ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’.”

2016 Scholarship Winners

Ngoc LeNgoc Le (pronounced knock lee) is a Vietnamese immigrant who has lived in Portland since 2012. She attends Madison High School and lives with her mother and stepfather. As a high school freshman in the fall of 2012, Ngoc only spoke a handful of English words. By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, she earned a 3.9 GPA and was able to successfully exit Madison High’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She volunteers with the Oregon Food Bank, and is a member of both the Madison Garden Club and Viet Group. Ngoc plans on majoring in biochemistry in college, with a goal to help eliminate unhealthy chemicals and other pollutants from the environment.

Xingling GuanXingling Guan (pronounced shingling gwahn) and her parents moved to Portland from China in the summer of 2012, seeking better educational opportunities. She attends Franklin High School, where she holds a cumulative GPA of 3.955, having received only a single B in her high school career. According to her Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Xingling is an outstanding student and a strong critical thinker, tenacious and eagerly seeking out challenges to strengthen her skills. Xingling plans on studying biochemistry at U of O, with the goal of becoming a dentist.

Demetrius Wallace attends Parkrose High School. He says his highest priority in life is education, as his 3.9 GPA can attest. His grandmother raised him until she passed away in 2013, and he is now raised by his step-grandfather. Demetrius says his grandmother taught him that anything is possible through hard work and dedication. He adds that she gave him a solid foundation and even now, inspires him to never give up. Along with a classmate, Demetrius founded the Parkrose Chess Club. According to his school counselor, Demetrius is a hard worker, dedicated, kind, and respectful, with a great amount of integrity. Demetrius plans on studying business administration.

 

EAGLE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Only sophomores attending public high schools within the city of Portland* are eligible to apply for this two-year program;
  • Students who are selected for the program work in the clubhouse or on the golf course at minimum wage;
  • All participants are required to work full-time during the summer;
  • Must have good attendance in school;
  • Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5;
  • Must come from a financially disadvantaged family;
  • Must go into the EAGLE Program with the expectation of completion; and
  • Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from a school counselor and/or teacher.

A history of interest in the game of golf is not required. EAGLE students successfully completing the program become eligible to apply and compete for an Evans Scholarships in their senior year. This scholarship provides college tuition and housing at the University of Oregon and may be renewed for up to four years, valued at more than $80,000.

PP&R’s EAGLE program is accepting applications from qualified sophomores currently enrolled at high schools located within the City of Portland. The deadline for applications is April 8. 2016. Interested parties in the EAGLE Program, should contact Carolyn Lee at carolyn.lee@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5076.

* Students who attend high schools that are not located within the city of Portland can contact the following golf courses about their caddy programs: Columbia-Edgewater Country Club, The Oregon Golf Club, Oswego Lake Country Club, Portland Golf Club, Riverside Golf & Country Club, and Waverley Country Club.

About the Evans Scholarship

Famed golfer Charles "Chick" Evans, Jr. grew up in the Chicago area in the early 1900s. Evans earned money by caddying at the local country club. Wanting to go to college, he found that he could not afford it, nor was there anyone to help him. In 1916, Evans won both the US Amateur and the US Open golf tournaments, and with the victories came considerable wealth and fame. Determined to help others in his former situation, he started the Evans Scholars Foundation. It is currently one of the country’s largest, privately funded scholarship programs.

Supported by the Western Golf Association, the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship provides full housing and tuition to deserving caddies across the country. Currently, 910 caddies are attending college on scholarship; there are more than 10,000 Evans alumni worldwide. Most Evans Scholars attend one of the 14 universities where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House.

The Evans Scholars Program is funded by contributions from an estimated 100,000 golfers across the country, as well as Evans alumni and proceeds from the BMW Championship; Portland Public Golf manager John Zoller is a proud to be an Evans Scholar alumnus. 

The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship, being in the top 10% of one's high school class, and two years either caddying or working in the golf business.

For more information, visit the WGAESF website.