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EAGLE caddies who participated in the program in 2019 (left to right): Amy Mendez, Lilly Varner, Valeria Corales Badilla, Ava Arias, Michelle Nguyen, Angelina Granados. Not pictured, Tommy Nguyen and Lisa Chen. Amy, Lilly, Valeria, and Michelle attend Parkrose High School. Lisa and Tommy attend Franklin High, Angelina attends Jesuit, and Ava attends Madison High School
By The Skanner News
Published: 28 January 2020

Portland-area high school freshmen are encouraged to apply for the EAGLE Caddie Program. The Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment program is a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation, and public and private high schools located within the City of Portland*.

Experience in the game of golf is not required. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage as golf caddies on Portland Parks Golf courses. EAGLE caddies receive work credit hours with mentors to monitor students’ progress.

“The EAGLE program is a wonderful way for young people to gain work experience, learn about golf, and to see firsthand the wonderful opportunities available with Portland Parks & Recreation,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “I encourage all qualified high school students to apply and get valuable job experience. Portland Parks Golf is making the lifelong game more accessible to all players.”

The deadline for EAGLE applications is May 1, 2020. For more information on the program, please contact PP&R’s Carolyn Lee at [email protected] or 503-823-5076.

EAGLE Caddie Eligibility Requirements:

  • Only freshman attending public or private high schools within the City of Portland are eligible to apply for this three-year program;
  • Participants are required to work up to 20 hours 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 three-year EAGLE Caddie Program with the expectation of completion; and
  • Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from a school counselor and/or teacher.

Scholarship opportunities may be available to EAGLE participants. Since 1992, more than 80 students have successfully completed college at the University of Oregon as Evans Scholars, a full tuition and housing scholarship. The award is supported by the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation and valued at more than $100,000 over four years. PP&R EAGLE Caddie Program participants may become eligible to apply.

*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, Riverside Golf & Country Club, Rock Creek Country Club, Royal Oak Country Club in Vancouver, Waverley Country Club, and Willamette Valley Country Club.

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