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Robert Aguayo taking lessons from 2018 Charles Schwab Cup Champion Bernhard Langer.

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Raising a kid is hard, especially at a young age,but when there is an opportunity to help you raise your kid, anything that can help makes a big impact, especially a full ride scholarship.

Senior Robert Aguayo received an opportunity that could greatly impact his life, and that of his child. Aguayo has received a full tuition and housing scholarship from the Chick Evans Foundation. “It’s exciting, it is opening a new path for me,” said Aguayo.

The Chick Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing scholarship. The recipients can attend one of 16 universities where the Chick Evans Foundation operates a Scholarship House. Aguayo heard about this scholarship while attending a caddy program over summer. “It’s an excellent opportunity, regardless of what happens with golf, having a degree is a huge advantage,” said Assistant Golf coach Juan Ledesma, “Robert is an excellent person, student, and an excellent father. His goals are huge, but I know he can achieve them.”

Aguayo comes from a single parent home, he is one of three children. An opportunity like this could greatly impact him and his 2 year old daughter, Aliysse, lives. “It will help me by taking a financial burden off my family, and allowing me to go to a school I never thought was possible to attend,” he said. “It’s something that can possibly change my life for the better and allow me to explore new opportunities.” His family and his coach believe  it is a great opportunity for him. “Robert is an overall awesome player and student,” said Coach Patel, “I hope he stays focused and finishes school no matter what happens.”

Aguayo applied to the University of Kansas, University of Oregon, and the University of Colorado. He was accepted to Kansas and the University of Oregon, and he chose Oregon. “I wanted to stay as close as possible so I could still come home and visit my family and my daughter.”

He is hoping to earn his degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. A full ride scholarship like this will help Aguayo to complete this goal and help him come out of college debt free. “I will not be playing golf in college,” he said, “I want to stay focused on academics.”

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