The Rego Athletic Scholarship Foundation will host its first golf tournament in June at Tri Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield.
The tournament, named the Rego Golf Classic, will raise funds for the Rego Scholarship, which started in 2018. The scholarship was previously only given to high school students in the Evergreen School District, but last year, Battle Ground High School was added to the list.
“We originally were going to give just two scholarships a year and then it grew to where we were giving two to each school in the Evergreen School District,” Kristen Parkin, who works with the Rego Scholarship program, said. “We’ve given well over $60,000 in scholarships. This month alone, we are giving $19,500.”
Next year, they plan to add Prairie High School to the program. If funding and donations continue to grow, the scholarship program will then look to add more schools to its list from the Clark County area.
Scholarships provide $500 and $1,000 to students, Parkin said. This year, the foundation received 55 applicants, four of which came from schools the foundation does not serve.
“Out of the 51 (eligible applicants) that we received this year, everybody got something,” Parkin said.
In order to receive scholarship funding, student athletes must complete an application form, a personal statement and an essay. They must also submit two references.
Eligible students must have participated in high school athletics but are not required to play sports after high school to receive a scholarship.
On Monday, March 20, the Rego Athletic Scholarship Foundation presented scholarships to student athletes at Battle Ground High School.
In 2018, they gave $500 to Battle Ground High School to use toward football gear. The foundation plans to continue its donations to athletic programs.
The Rego Scholarship was started to honor a Union High School football coach who resided in Battle Ground for over 20 years. Coach Mark Rego died in October of 2018 during Union’s perfect football season where they captured their first state championship in school history. Rego had tongue cancer, although he never used substances that are often linked to the disease, Parkin said.
“He believed in giving back, he believed in education, academics and helping people win at life,” Parkin said. “He came from a great family and was a great quality guy.”
The proceeds of the golf tournament will fund the scholarships for local high school athletes. The golf tournament at Tri Mountain on June 24 will include golf carts, a round of golf, drink tickets and lunch with the price of registration.
For more information about the tournament, go online to regoscholarship.com/#golf.
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