Caddies from Pacific NW earn Evans Scholarships

GOLF, Ill.– Four high school caddies from the Pacific Northwest have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection meeting held at Seattle Golf Club in Seattle, Washington on March 2.

Each caddie (listed below) 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 2017, with recipients awarded to the University of Washington in Seattle. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

“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 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 935 caddies are enrolled in 20 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,400 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, there is little doubt that these young men and women have earned this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 28,700 golfers across the country, who are members of the WGA Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $11 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.

Visit www.wgaesf.org for more information.

Student Name

Hometown

Golf/Country Club

High School

Melissa Kimp

Hamilton, Mont.

Stock Farm Club

Hamilton High School

Glenn Miller

Federal Way, Wash.

Seattle Golf Club

Decatur High School

Zachary Peros

Vancouver, Wash.

Royal Oaks Country Club

Skyview High School

Savannah Umali-Jepson

Seattle, Wash.

Seattle Golf Club

Holy Names Academy

 

Did you know?

  • There are now 935 Evans Scholars in school
  • There are more than 10,400 Evans Alumni across the country
  • Evans Scholars are enrolled at 20 universities across the nation, including 15 where the Foundation owns and operates Scholarship Houses