EAGLE Caddie Program

2024 EAGLE Caddie Program application now available!
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The EAGLE Caddie 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 Evans Scholars Foundation, and public and private high schools located within the city of Portland. 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 1990, 80 students have received the Evans Scholarship through PP&R’s EAGLE Caddie program. PP&R is proud of its long-standing partnership with the Evans Scholars Foundation and grateful for its support of the EAGLE Caddie Program.

The EAGLE Caddie Program is competitive. Not all applicants will be chosen. Applications that are timely, complete, and demonstrate the highest level of commitment and focus by the applicant and their supports the likelihood of successfully completing the three-year program. Priority will be given to qualified applicants having fewer social/economic opportunities, and who may have limited access to other recreational program internships.

The deadline to submit emailed applications is no later than Friday, May 3, 2024.

Learn more by joining our next virtual EAGLE Caddie Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, April 3 at 5pm.

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EAGLE Caddie Program 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 during the summer
  • Must have good attendance in school
  • Must have achieved an 9th grade cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25
  • 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

A history of interest in the game of golf is not required. EAGLE Caddie Program participants successfully completing the program become eligible to apply and compete for an Evans Scholarships. 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.

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 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.

About the Evans Scholarship

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 U.S. Amateur and the U.S. 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. Former Portland Parks Golf manager John Zoller is a proud Evans Scholar alum. 

The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on a strong caddie record, excellent grades, a demonstrated financial need, and outstanding character. 

For more information, visit the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation website.

Recent EAGLE Caddie Program Participants
and Evans Scholarship Recipients

Daysi Narruhn
Tan Huynh
Kennedy Phillips

Tommy Nguyen
Lisa Chen

Valeria Corrales Badilla
Lilly Varner

Tenzing Norzin

Thu Victoria Dang
Joseph Goodwin
Anthony Nguyen
Taylor Phomphakdy

Oliver Aguirre

Ngoc Le 
Xingling Guan
Demetrius Wallace