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In photo (left to right): pictured from left to right: EAGLE Caddie Kennedy Phillips, Golf Advisory Committee Madison Perry, EAGLE Caddie Lisa Chen, Golf Advisory Committee Julia Person, EAGLE Caddie Daysi Narruhn, Golf Advisory Committee Chase Morinaka.     Photo is courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 21 March 2022

Portland students currently enrolled as ninth graders 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.

Students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), female/non-binary, and/or immigrants or refugees are encouraged to apply.

“The EAGLE caddie program offers valuable work experience and a pathway to higher education for young lower-income Portlanders, says Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio. “I applaud Portland Parks & Recreation for facilitating this fabulous program and encourage all eligible high school freshman to apply.”

Scholarship opportunities may be available to EAGLE participants. Since 1989, more than 70 students have received full tuition and housing via the Evans 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 for the scholarship.

Students do not need experience in the game of golf to apply as an EAGLE caddie. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage as golf caddies on Portland Parks Golf courses. EAGLE caddies receive work credit hours with mentors who monitor students’ progress and help guide their success.

“The EAGLE program is a wonderful way for young people from diverse backgrounds to gain professional experience, learn about golf, and to see firsthand the other wonderful opportunities available with Portland Parks & Recreation,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “Dozens of students have had great success during and after being EAGLEs.

"The program is a great way to advance equity and expand the game of golf to the next generation of players.”

The deadline for EAGLE applications is May 13, 2022. For more information on the program and to apply, please go to portland.gov/parks/sports/eagle or contact PP&R Golf Program Manager Vincent Johnson at vincent.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 318-1432.

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