Golf, IL – (July 30, 2018) – Indian Hill Club caddie Valeria Zendejas has been awarded the Peter Millar Endowed Named Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college grant for golf caddies, for the 2018-19 academic year. She will attend Marquette University, beginning this fall.
Valeria is one of three children born to immigrant parents. She is from Los Angeles, California, where she attended St. Monica Catholic High School and maintained a 3.9 GPA. In addition to a rigorous class schedule, she played for her school’s golf and soccer teams and participated in National Honor Society. Her interests include hiking and fashion, and she plans to pursue a psychology major at Marquette.
Valeria is also a graduate of the Western Golf Association Caddie Academy, a three-year program that uses caddying, the game of golf and the Evans Scholarship to bring life-changing opportunities to young women with limited financial means. Since 2012, students from all across the United States have come to Chicago for seven weeks each summer to caddie at local clubs. Thirty-five Caddie Academy graduates – including Valeria – have been awarded Evans Scholarships.
Peter Millar’s Endowed Named Evans Scholarship is part of a four-year agreement that has made the luxury brand, known for its line of casual sportswear and performance golf attire, the Official Premium Apparel brand of the WGA and Evans Scholars Foundation. A Peter Millar Endowed Named Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman every four years.
“All of us at Peter Millar are so proud of the newly awarded Evans Scholars, especially Valeria,” said Todd Martin, President, Peter Millar Golf. “For almost 90 years, the WGA/ESF has been changing lives through the game of golf and the rich tradition of caddying. This program proves that commitment to academics, integrity and hard work can open so many doors. It is a privilege to give back to this great game, and we are so excited to partner with Valeria in this wonderful next chapter of her life.”
Evans Scholarships are awarded to caddies who meet four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. Valeria is one of a record 275 young men and women who were awarded Evans Scholarships for the fall as the Evans Scholars Foundation pursues its goal of increasing the number of Scholars in school from the current 965 to 1,000 by 2020.
“Valeria has worked tirelessly to earn this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President & CEO. “She has shown excellence in the classroom and in her community, as well as on the golf course. We welcome her to the Evans Scholars family.”
Endowed Named Scholarships support the Evans Scholars Foundation Endowment Fund. In addition to forming a special bond between donor and Evans Scholar, these Scholarships help to secure the future of the Evans Scholars Foundation. Today, there are more than 215 Endowed Named Evans Scholars in school nationwide.