The seventh annual Endowed Named Scholarship Luncheon was held July 12, giving donors who have established a scholarship in their name a chance to meet the student they support. Approximately 100 people attended the luncheon at the Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois.
An Endowed Named Scholarship creates a special bond between donor and Evans Scholar, and the luncheon allows an opportunity for a more personal relationship to develop. Endowed Named Scholarships and other planned gifts help the Evans Scholars Foundation build a stronger future.
Today, there are more than 190 Endowed Named Scholarships.
Evans Scholars Alum and long-term Program supporter Marty Paluga was the luncheon’s donor speaker. He celebrated the growth of the program, sharing that when he was in college, the 1,000th Evans Scholarship was awarded, and today there are more than 10,400 Alumni, with the goal of sending 1,000 caddies to college each year by 2020. He gave special mention to the Alumni who give back to the program, in addition to all of the Endowed Named Scholarship donors, who help to secure a future for young caddies.
Mr. and Mrs. Paluga funded the Martin J. Paluga, Jr. Named Scholarship, which was awarded this year to Evans Scholar Kaitlyne Diaz. She is a caddie at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood, Illinois, and a freshman at the University of Illinois. At the luncheon, Kaitlyne spoke about what the scholarship means to her family, and expressed her gratitude for the life-changing opportunity she has received with the Evans Scholarship.
"I’m the first member of my family to go to college," Kaitlyne said. "The Evans Scholars Foundation made me believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I also know that I have the support of Mr. and Mrs. Paluga, and I will always be thankful for them, as well as everyone who contributes to the Evans Scholars Foundation. You have all made me into a person who will never stop fighting. I can’t wait to start my education at the University of Illinois, and I will continue to make the Foundation proud."