By Janet Goetze
for the Hollywood Star News
Three Portland area students, including Ngoc Le of Madison High School, have received full housing and tuition scholarships to the University of Oregon through a golf related internship.
The three are designated EAGLE students for Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment. The three will begin college in the fall through the Evans Scholars Program, which is supported by the Western Golf Association. In addition to Le, the students are Xingling Guan of Franklin High School and Demetrius Wallace of Parkrose High. All have 3.9 grade point averages.
Le, who emigrated from Vietnam in 2012 and spoke only a handful of English words as a high school freshman, was able to leave the English as a Second Language program a year later. She plans to major in biochemistry. Guan moved from China with her parents in 2012. She will study biochemistry with a goal of becoming a dentist. Wallace, raised by his grandmother until her death in 2013, lives with his step-grandfather. He plans to study business administration.
Students selected as Evans Scholars must be in the top 10 percent of their high school class, show good citizenship, show financial need and spend two years caddying or working in a golf business. The EAGLE program is a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation and public high schools in Portland. It introduces students to all aspects of golf course operation. They receive an hourly wage, receive work credit hours and have a mentor to monitor their progress.