GOLF, Ill. – An Evans Scholar graduate from Indiana University received the top individual honor awarded by the Evans Scholars Foundation at the Program’s annual Summer Outing banquet on June 26 at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois.
Indiana University Evans Scholar AJ Gauthier was named the 2017 Evans Scholar of the Year, the top honor a student can receive within the Evans Scholars Program.
Along with these individual awards, the Northwestern University Evans Scholars were recognized for achieving the highest cumulative GPA, a 3.5 for the 2016-17 school year, across all the Program’s 20 Scholarship chapters.
The Evans Scholars Program, which has been run by the Western Golf Association since its founding in 1930, is among the nation’s largest privately-funded scholarship programs. This fall, more than 935 caddies will be enrolled in 20 top universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,400 caddies have graduated since the Program began.
Evans Scholars are caddies who have earned a full tuition and housing grant based on their strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. Most Scholars attend one of 15 universities across the nation where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House.
“This year’s winners have shown outstanding leadership both in the classroom and on their campuses,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We are truly proud of all of them. Their hard work and dedication serves as an inspiration for other students.”
Evans Scholar of the Year
AJ Gauthier was named the 2017 Evans Scholar of the Year, the most prestigious title a student can earn within the Evans Scholars Program. From Munster, Indiana, Gauthier caddied at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville. He graduated in May from Indiana University with a 3.8 cumulative GPA and a dual degree in accounting and finance. During his time as an Evans Scholar at Indiana, Gauthier served as chapter president and received multiple Program leadership and academic honors. He has a full-time position at Greenhill & Company, a boutique investment banking firm in New York.
Of the Evans Scholarship, Gauthier says, “The Evans Scholarship has changed my life, and I have tried my best to make the most of my college experience by taking advantage of every opportunity possible. I am so proud to be an Evans Scholar and incredibly thankful for everyone who has helped me along the way.”
James E. Moore Scholarship Trophy
The Evans Scholars from Northwestern University earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA for the 2016-17 school year and were awarded the James E. Moore Scholarship Trophy for academic excellence. The trophy, given annually since 1962, honors Evans Scholarship chapter that earns the highest cumulative GPA for the previous school year. In addition, each of the Foundation’s 20 Scholarship Chapters earned a cumulative GPA above 3.0. All received a plaque honoring their academic achievement at the banquet.