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The EAGLE program (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) is a unique internship program that is a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), The Western Golf Association, and public and private 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. PP&R is proud of its long standing partnership with the Evans Foundation and continues to support youth the EAGLE Program.
The deadline for completed applications has been extended to Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
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. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000.
PP&R’s EAGLE program is accepting applications from qualified freshmen currently enrolled at public and private high schools located within the City of Portland. The deadline for applications has been extended to May 1, 2018. Interested parties in the EAGLE Program should contact Carolyn Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-5076.
Evans Scholarships are supported by the Western Golf Association, and valued at more than $100,000 over four years. The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship and being a top student and caddie.
*Students who attend high schools that are not located within the city of Portland can contact the following golf courses about their caddie programs: Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Portland Golf Club, Riverside Golf & Country Club, Rock Creek Country Club, Royal Oak Country Club in Vancouver, and Waverley Country Club.
Thu Victoria Dang is a Vietnamese immigrant who has lived in Portland since 2011. She attends Parkrose High School and lives with her mother and father. As she began middle school, Victoria only spoke a handful of English words. However, she was able to successfully exit the school’s English as a Second Language program by the end of 8th grade. Now she’s a freshman-to-be at the University of Oregon, on a full-ride.
Joseph Goodwin is a top student at Parkrose High School who believes his best attributes are his perseverance, and ability to adapt to his surroundings. Joseph is excited to begin college, and plans to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist.
Anthony Nguyen attends Portland’s Benson High School and says that education is his top priority. Anthony notes that higher education is not affordable to everyone. Earning the Evans Scholarship means that Anthony will be the first member of his family to go to college.
Taylor Phomphakdy is a standout at Parkrose High School. Her teachers refer to Taylor as a role model, as she consistently helps other students understand new material, and to thrive. Taylor also serves on the AVID student council.
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, 965 caddies are attending college on scholarship; there are more than 10,600 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 more than 32,000 supporters nationwide, as well as Evans Scholars Alumni and proceeds from the BMW Championship. Portland Public Golf Manager John Zoller is a proud Evans Scholar Alum.
The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship and being a top student and caddie.
For more information, visit the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation website.