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Portland Parks & Recreation is recruiting high school freshman students for the EAGLE caddie program now through May 13, 2022

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Opportunities for summer employment as a caddie on PP&R golf courses; qualifying participants can apply for a full college scholarship
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(Portland, OR) –

Portland students currently enrolled as ninth graders are encouraged to apply for the EAGLE Caddie Program. TheEarly 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.

PP&R caddies in the EAGLE program at a City golf course in 2021.
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.

“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.

EAGLE CADDIE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Only freshman currently enrolled in 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 a week during the summer;
  • Must have good attendance in school;
  • Must have achieved a 9th cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5;
  • Students’ family household income must not exceed $75,000;
  • Participants must enroll in the three-year EAGLE Caddie Program with the expectation of completing it; and
  • Must submittwo (2) letters of recommendation from a school counselor and/or teacher.

*Students who attend high schools that are not located within the City of Portland may contact the following golf courses about their area’s respective caddie programs: Oswego Lake Country Club, Portland Golf Club, Riverside Golf & Country Club, Royal Oak Country Club in Vancouver, Tualatin Country Club, Waverley Country Club, and Willamette Valley Country Club.

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