“I am a freshman Evans Scholar at the University of Oregon. As of now, I would like to major in Business Administration with a finance concentration, in addition to a Spanish minor. School has been rewarding, yet challenging so far! I attended a few club meetings this past term, but I look forward to becoming a part of a business club during winter term. Living with Evans Scholars at the UO house [the living space designated for such winners] has been incredibly fun due to the lively, positive and fun atmosphere. Our house has participated in intramural flag football and volleyball, which was a great way to get to know the other Scholars and have a blast! In addition, it's exciting to be living around other motivated students with different educational interests. Everyone in the House wants one another to exceed, which makes for an awesome living environment. I look forward to spending the next few years at the Evans House, and encourage all interested high school students to apply to the EAGLE program!”
Three Portland-area EAGLE students earned full housing and tuition scholarships to the University of Oregon starting fall 2016 through the Evans Scholars Program: Ngoc Le (Madison High School), Xingling Guan (Franklin High School), and Demetrius Wallace (Parkrose High School).
Ngoc 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 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.