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The Evans Scholars Foundation’s Leadership Council celebrated six years of helping send caddies to college during the fifth annual Birdie Ball at the Chicago Cultural Center on March 3. 

More than 300 people attended the event, which is hosted annually by the Leadership Council as part of its efforts to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Evans Scholars Foundation. The Leadership Council was established in 2013 as a board of young professionals who serve as ambassadors for the Evans Scholars Program through fundraising and Scholar mentoring.

Since its creation in 2013, the Birdie Ball has raised more than $145,000 for the Evans Scholars Foundation. The night featured live entertainment by The Walk-ins, a silent auction and a video about Michigan State Evans Scholar Alum Lauren Farhat's path to earning the life-changing Evans Scholarship.

A short program included speeches from Leadership Council President Mary Moran, Vice President of Fundraising Kyle Cash,  and Evans Scholars Foundation Director of Development Matt Starr. Moran and Starr are both Alumni of the Evans Scholars Program. Starr outlined how much the Evans Scholars Foundation — with the help of the Leadership Council — has grown over the last six years.

Among the Leadership Council’s many achievements is the development of a mentorship program to keep Evans Scholars and young Alumni engaged with one another and with the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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About the Leadership Council

The Leadership Council was formed in 2013 with a goal of bringing together a diverse, young group of emerging business and civic leaders for networking and professional development opportunities. Members, who are between the ages of 25-40 and mostly live in the Chicago area, serve as ambassadors for the Evans Scholars Foundation through fundraising and Scholar mentoring.

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The 66th annual Evans Scholars Winter Meeting, held Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featured addresses by the outgoing Evans Scholars chapter presidents and the results of the New Scholar Academic Competition.

The Roland F. “Mac” McGuigan Academic Trophy was awarded to the New Scholar class from Michigan State University for earning an outstanding 3.6 cumulative GPA for the fall 2017 semester.

The annual grade competition recognizes each Evans Scholars chapter whose New Scholar (freshmen) class achieves above a cumulative 3.0 GPA for the fall semester. The class with the highest GPA wins the Program’s coveted Roland F. “Mac” McGuigan Trophy, named in honor of the Evans Scholars Program’s legendary educational director, who served in his role for 40 years.

Several other New Scholar classes finished with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher and received a certificate for their achievement. Those chapters were (in alphabetical order): Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Following the morning meeting, the newly elected leaders from each chapter participated in workshop sessions to exchange ideas and best practices. Then the annual Evans Scholars basketball tournament was held in the afternoon at the University of Illinois Chicago recreation center. The Evans Scholars from the University of Wisconsin won the men's half of the basketball tournament for the third consecutive year. The University of Illinois Evans Scholars bested the field in the women's tournament. The Evans Scholars Golf Ball dance was held that night at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The Evans Scholars Program is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies. This year, 965 students are enrolled as 19 universities, including 14 where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House. More than 10,600 men and women have graduated as Evans Scholars.


GOLF, Ill. – Together with a number of leading golf organizations, the Western Golf Association (WGA) announces today a groundbreaking initiative centered around promoting youth caddying and golf called Carry the Game.

Carry the Game is an advocacy group that introduces young students to the game of golf by creating additional opportunities for them to train and work as caddies and encourages them to become lifelong players.

Through caddying, young people learn valuable life lessons, develop a strong work ethic and money management skills, and make professional contacts on the golf course. In addition to being a great way to learn about the game, caddying provides life-changing benefits that are instrumental to their individual growth.

Carry the Game operates under the organizational umbrella of the WGA; participants in the effort include the World Golf Foundation, United States Golf Association, PGA of America, The First Tee and Youth on Course, among other groups. This special collaboration to promote the role of youth caddying within the game of golf will help ensure Carry the Game’s long-term success while encouraging a new generation of young golfers to play the game.

“Over the past few years, numerous leading golf organizations have discussed the importance of creating a governing body for youth caddying, and we’re excited to see that the WGA is spearheading this important initiative,” said World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. “The WGA is a recognized leader in youth caddying, and we’re all looking forward to working together to help bring this effort to life.”

Carry the Game will be a resource for anyone interested in becoming a caddie or forming a youth caddie program. In 2018, the group will begin an extensive research project to provide qualitative data on the current state of youth caddying and inform the initiative’s work.

The overall goal of Carry the Game is to increase the number of youth caddies – and the diversity of those caddies – by helping to establish additional caddying opportunities at golf clubs nationwide. Carry the Game will also promote youth caddie programs as a way to create future golfers and preserve and enhance the tradition of caddying within the game of golf.

It will offer resources including caddie training materials and certification, a caddie club locator, best practices on creating and managing programs, media and public relations support, and knowledge and expertise on all caddie-related topics.

“Through Carry the Game, our goal is to provide young people with an early introduction to golf by creating life-changing opportunities to work as a caddie,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “Ultimately, we believe the experiences and mentorship gained through caddying are invaluable to a young person’s development and will help cultivate a lifelong passion for playing golf. Some of golf’s greatest players, as well as many of the world’s most successful executives, emerged from the caddie ranks. We look forward to supporting current and future caddies as they continue the legacy of a game so beloved and carry it forward for years to come.”

Carry the Game will also share and promote local and national caddie scholarship opportunities and resources.

GOLF, ILLINOIS – Peter Millar has been designated the Official Premium Apparel Brand of the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation, organization leaders announced today.

As part of a new four-year agreement, the luxury brand, known for its line of casual sportswear and performance golf attire, will fund a full Evans Scholarship to provide an opportunity for a deserving young caddie to attend college. Peter Millar apparel also will be featured at numerous WGA tournaments and Evans Scholars events through 2020.

The special designation provides a new opportunity for Peter Millar, as an Official Supporter, to establish a direct business relationship with WGA and ESF constituents.

Since 1930, the Evans Scholars Program, one of golf’s leading charities, has sent more than 11,000 caddies from limited financial means to college on full housing and tuition scholarships. Currently, 965 Evans Scholars are attending 19 universities nationwide, and the organization is growing at a record pace. Leaders are working toward a goal of sending 1,000 caddies to college annually by the year 2020, and growing corporate support will play an integral role in helping to reach that milestone.

As part of the agreement, Peter Millar will fund the creation of an Endowed Named Evans Scholarship. Every four years, a Peter Millar Evans Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman who meets the preferences designated by Peter Millar. The first Scholarship will be awarded in 2018.

Peter Millar has already supported the WGA for more than a decade as a lead vendor for the BMW Championship, providing Pro-Am gifts and volunteer uniforms, along with being a featured vendor in the Merchandise Tent. The official partnership now expands its level of support to all WGA tournaments, with Peter Millar supplying player gifts for the Western Junior and the Western Amateur.

Peter Millar apparel also will be included in gift packages at additional WGA and Evans Scholars events, including the 2018 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, which the WGA will conduct in July.

“We’re honored by Peter Millar’s commitment to our mission of conducting world-class golf championships and providing life-changing college scholarships,” said WGA President & CEO John Kaczkowski. “The creation of the Peter Millar Endowed Named Scholarship will allow a promising young student the opportunity of a lifetime to attend college. As we seek to grow the Evans Scholars Program nationwide, we look forward to collaborating with Peter Millar to identify new opportunities for their brand.”

“The mission of the WGA/ESF has long been one that Peter Millar has admired and supported. Caddies are one of the most important foundations and traditions of the game,” says Todd Martin, President Peter Millar Golf. “So many of the member clubs are wonderful partners to Peter Millar. Over the last 10 years, our WGA/ESA partnership has grown every year through the championships, especially the BMW Championship. Without question, we are by far the most proud that our company will be able to have a life altering impact for a young man or woman by providing them a four-year education through this Peter Millar Endowed Scholarship.”


GOLF, Ill. (Jan. 4, 2018) — Frank Morley, of Glenview, Illinois, is the new Chairman of the Western Golf Association, and will lead the Evans Scholars Program during a period of crucial growth.

At its December meeting, the WGA Board of Governors elected Morley to serve as the WGA’s 67th chairman following two years as vice chairman. He succeeds David Robinson of Troy, Michigan.

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead an organization with such a rich history and tradition of service to the game of golf and to deserving young men and women,” Morley said. “Our golf championships are among the game’s oldest and most prestigious, and I’ve experienced firsthand how the work of the Evans Scholars Foundation is changing the lives of caddies and their families.”

Since becoming a WGA Director in 1993, Morley has served in several key leadership roles, including seven years as Tournament Chairman of the BMW Championship. 

Morley’s two-year term as Chairman comes as the Evans Scholars Program strives to meet its goal of growing from a record 965 Evans Scholars enrolled at 19 leading universities this fall to 1,000 by the year 2020. The Program also is working to partner with additional universities as it expands from coast to coast.

One of Morley’s top priorities will be to continue raising the money needed to cover escalating tuition costs and underwrite plans to grow the Evans Scholars Program.

“We’ve had some incredible fundraising success of late, and our biggest challenge is to sustain that momentum,” he said. “We continue to receive record numbers of applications for the Evans Scholarship each year, and we’re committed to meeting the needs of deserving caddies and their families.”

Morley’s familiarity and active involvement the past two decades will serve him and the organization well over the next two years, said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski.

“Frank’s commitment to our championships and scholarship program make him well-equipped to guide the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation during this pivotal period,” Kaczkowski said. “We feel fortunate to have someone so passionate about our mission guiding our organization.”

Morley and his wife Susan are longtime supporters of the Match Play Challenge, the Evans Scholars Foundation’s major gifts campaign, which has raised more than $58 million to support caddie scholarships since 2011.

A resident of Glenview, Morley worked for 41 years in the fine-printing paper distribution business, including 23 years as the co-owner of Midland Paper Co. in Wheeling, Illinois.

He is a member of Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois; North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois; The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples, Florida; Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida; Stock Farm Club in Hamilton, Montana; and Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland.

GOLF, IL – Ten Chicago-area high school seniors have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield on Nov. 9.

Each caddie has a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. They will begin college in the fall of 2018, with awarded universities to be determined this spring. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

Burke Parent, Addison, Medinah Country Club, Addison Trail High School; Andrea Coria, Chicago, Oak Park Country Club, Loyola Academy; Oscar De Leon, Chicago, Park Ridge Country Club, Saint Patrick High School; Lawrence Henderson, Chicago, Sunset Ridge Country Club, Providence St. Mel; Emilio Soto-Avitia, Chicago, Indian Hill Club, Saint Ignatius College Prep; Monika Walaszek, Des Plaines, North Shore Country Club, Maine West High School; Yuriy Melenchuk, Glenview, Sunset Ridge Country Club, Glenbrook South High School; Mairead King, Park Ridge, Park Ridge Country Club, Maine South High School; Matthew Vietzen, River Forest, Oak Park Country Club, Oak Park and River Forest High School; Joshua De La Cruz, Wood Dale, Medinah Country Club, IC Catholic Prep.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman David Robinson. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

The Sunset Ridge Country Club selection meeting was the first of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2017-18 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 275 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 965 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,600 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“These young men and women have worked tirelessly to earn this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “They have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course. We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 30,600 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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The success of the Evans Scholars Foundation’s Match Play Challenge initiative is giving a record number of young caddies the life-changing opportunity of a college education.

With the help of 70 generous donors who stepped up to make commitments of $50,000 and greater, the Foundation has created a matching pool of more than $6.8 million that will be used to match all Par Club gifts of $2,500 and greater. The Match Play Challenge has now raised more than $59.2 million to support caddie scholarships since 2011. The commitment and generosity of the Evans Scholars Program’s supporters has allowed the Foundation to grow at a time when the skyrocketing cost of college tuition has young caddies nationwide applying for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors, whose extraordinary generosity has made this milestone possible,” said Frank Morley, WGA Chairman. “The success of this annual campaign means we can commit to a bold plan for the future of the Evans Scholars Foundation.”

Developed with the leadership of WGA Director Mike Keiser in 2011, the Match Play Challenge is the major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign. The generosity of Match Play Partners has inspired thousands of donors from coast to coast to support youth caddies. Since 2011, the Match Play Challenge has generated 351 gifts of $50,000 and greater and more than 7,200 gifts of $2,500 and greater.

These major gifts have positioned the Foundation to set aggressive goals for the near future. In addition to increasing the number of Evans Scholars in school from the record 965 enrolled in 19 leading universities this year to 1,000 by the year 2020, the Foundation is working to establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities coast to coast.

At the same time, it is increasing living capacity at its Scholarship Houses to provide all Evans Scholars with the benefits of community living. That means establishing new Scholarship Houses at some partner universities and renovating existing Houses to ensure that Evans Scholars have the ideal living and learning environment.

Finally, the Foundation is expanding its continuum of support — from caddie training programs to career mentorship — to better position itself to guide young men and women from caddie, to college, to career.

The Match Play Challenge’s continued success will be critical to the Foundation’s ability to reach its goals while giving young men and women the opportunity to attend college with the support they need to thrive and succeed.

“These major gifts become more important as we see the need for the Evans Scholarship grow each year,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished through the Match Play Challenge, but we understand the great responsibility we now have to expand the Evans Scholars Program to ensure we are not leaving deserving candidates behind.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or

2017 Match Play Partners

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Sam & Marsha Allen
Mr. & Mrs. James H. Anderson Jr.
Jim Ashenden through the Estate of Jim Ashenden
Mary Ann & Looe Baker III
Mike & Diane Beemer
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio
Daniel & Maureen Curley
David & Maura DePrisco
Kathy & Bill Doyle
Dresner Foundation
Ray Fahrmeier, OSU ’64
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foss
Jim & Karen Frank
Paul Frymark & Sally Metzger
Jim & Mary Garard
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jay & Kathy Heintschel
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel G. Helle
Jack Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Mark & Mary Ann Kaufman
Mike & Lindy Keiser
King Family Foundation
J. Andrew & Susan Langan
Mr. & Mrs. Don Law
Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy
Jack & Jama Lintol
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Lisowski
Thomas L. Mallman
John & Jean Matovina
Gary & Carol Matula
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
Dr. & Mrs. David Monson
Thomas & Susan Moran
Frank & Susan Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Dallas E. Mulvaney
Frank & Janet Nessinger
James W. O’Neill
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Jim & Molly Perry
Rita & Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Dr. James E. Piereson
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Jim & Donna Placio
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Polizzi
Tom & Tricia Prentice Family Foundation
Therese & John Rigas
Kevin & Dianne Risch
Roger W. Sandstrom
Jack & Dottie Sauer
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
Darrell & Gail Voitik
Jerry Warner
Mr. & Mrs. Ben Ziolkowski

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