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Jayne and Sharp will attend U of O next year, while Grothe will go to Washington.

   Two students from Gladstone High School and one from West Linn High School were among 12 Oregon students who recently were awarded the Western Golf Association's Chick Evans Scholarship.

The students, who all work as caddies at area golf clubs, each won a full, four-year housing and tuition scholarship as part of the nation's largest privately-funded scholarship program.

That trio of students includes Gladstone students Aubrey Jayne and Alaina Sharp (both Oregon City residents and caddies at Waverley Country Club), and West Linn's Lauren Grothe (a caddy at Willamette Valley Country Club).

The scholarships were awarded after WGA directors, Evans Scholars alumni and other Program supporters interviewed each of the nominees during a series of virtual selection meetings in late February. Winners were selected based on the following characteristics — strong caddy record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The full tuition and housing college scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years.

Jayne, Sharp and Grothe will all begin college in the fall of 2021 as Evans Scholars, with Jayne and Sharp attending the University of Oregon, while Grothe will attend the University of Washington.

"Each of these deserving young students epitomizes what our program has been about since its creation in 1930," WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy said. "Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams."

"These young students all have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course," said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. "We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family."

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