Match Play Challenge nearing end of the 2018 campaign


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There’s still time to join the Match Play Challenge as we near the end of the 2018 campaign looking to achieve an eighth consecutive record year in money raised for support of the Evans Scholarship. Generous support from 74 Match Play Partners has put the Evans Scholars Foundation in position for a strong finish in an effort to change the lives of more caddies in pursuit of a college degree.

Each Match Play Partner has committed $50,000 or more this year to the Evans Scholars Foundation. These gifts will be pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives in 2018.

The Match Play Challenge has been a game-changer for the Evans Scholars Foundation and has accounted for more than $90 million in total commitments since it was conceived and launched in 2011.

This tremendous support from our Match Play participants could not have come a better time. Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Foundation provide more caddies with the life-changing opportunity of a college education. The success of this initiative is more critical than ever, as families across the country struggle to meet the rising cost of college tuition. Young men and women nationwide apply for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers each year, with 790 applying in 2017 alone.

Last year’s Match Play Challenge raised nearly $14 million, helping the Foundation offset annual scholarship costs that reached $20 million. The annual scholarship costs will reach $23 million for the 985 Scholars in school this year, and it is projected to rise by at least $1.5 million each year.

“We are incredibly thankful to all of our supporters who have contributed to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “They are an inspiration, and the continued success of these efforts is important to ensuring that we help send as many qualified caddies to college as possible.”

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who led the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, is again serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chair in 2018. The sustained success of this initiative will help the Foundation achieve the bold goals it has set for the near future.

Those goals include establishing the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, providing community living opportunities for all Scholars and developing a full continuum of support that will include everything from caddie training programs to career mentorship.

“For our goals to be reached, it is essential to continue to raise more tuition dollars through these major gifts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “Our Evans Scholars are succeeding in the classroom and achieving at the highest level. It is our privilege to help these deserving young men and women, and we are determined to work to help more caddies receive a high-quality college education."

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

2018 Match Play Partners

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Sam & Marsha Allen
Mary Ann & Looe Baker III
Mike & Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
Ed & Peggy Bonach
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio
Matthew J. Desch
Kathy & Bill Doyle
Dresner Foundation
Craig J. Duchossois
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Robert E. & Georganne Foss
Jim & Karen Frank
John E. & Barbara C. Gallina
James L. & Mary Garard
John & Carolyn Gehring
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Peter & Pat Haug
Susan & Jack Hogge
Jack & Karen Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Dave & Kathy Kammerer in memory of Matt Kammerer
Susan & Thomas Kearney
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kilrea
Jason & Peggy Kinander
King Family Foundation
J. Andrew & Susan Langan
Jack & Jama Lintol
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Lisowski
Thomas L. Mallman
Scott Malpass
John & Jean Matovina
Alan & Vrissiis Matula
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
Thomas & Jae Miske
Dr. David & Lola Monson
Thomas & Susan Moran
Francis W. & Susan B. Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Frank & Janet Nessinger
One8 Foundation
Hewitt Pate
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Jim & Molly Perry
Rita & Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Dr. James E. Piereson
John & Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Fund
Jerry & Keith Rich
Therese & John Rigas
Roger W. Sandstrom
Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Martin Snitzer
The Solich Fund
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
Bill & Tracy Wheeler

*As of 12/26/2018



Did you know?

  • There are now 985 Evans Scholars in school
  • There are more than 10,830 Evans Alumni across the country
  • Evans Scholars are enrolled at 18 universities across the nation, including 16 where the Foundation owns and operates Scholarship Houses