GOLF, Ill.– In 2017, 270 students from across the country and Canada have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college grant offered to golf caddies.
Each caddie has a unique story, which reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. Winners are listed in the accompanying document, along with biographical information.
Recipients will begin as Evans Scholars this fall, attending one of 18 universities nationwide, including 15 where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $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 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.”
Funds for the Scholarship come from contributions by 30,600 golfers across the country, who give through 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, benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation.
For a full list of newly awarded Evans Scholars, organized by state and city, view the accompanying Excel document.