Indiana caddies earn Evans Scholarships

GOLF, Ill.– Fourteen high school caddies from the state of Indiana 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 Long Beach Country Club in Long Beach on Feb. 1.

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 Indiana University in Bloomington and Purdue University in West Lafayette. 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 Indiana selection meeting was the tenth of more than a dozen such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2016-17 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 270 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

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.

The recipients include:

Student Name

Hometown

Golf/Country Club

High School

Awarded University

Isabella Kaplan

Michigan City

Long Beach CC

La Lumiere School

Purdue

John Ruszkowski

Michigan City

Long Beach CC

La Lumiere School

Indiana

Kathleen Doolittle

Dyer

Briar Ridge CC

Highland HS

Purdue

Jordan Lykowski

Schererville

Briar Ridge CC

Lake Central HS

Purdue

Zachary Stewart

South Bend

South Bend CC

Riley HS

Purdue

Matthew Hope

Fort Wayne

Orchard Ridge CC

Homestead HS

Purdue

Kaylen Ohlwine

Zanesville

Orchard Ridge CC

Norwell S

Indiana

Samuel Mailand

Hoagland

Fort Wayne CC

Home school

Purdue

Joseph Hunnicutt

Fort Wayne

Sycamore Hills GC

Carroll HS

Purdue

Ashley Luginbill

New Haven

Sycamore Hills GC

Heritage Junior/Senior HS

Indiana

Hannah Vanderbosch

Fishers

Prairie View GC

Cathedral HS

Purdue

Elliott Shide

Indianapolis

Prairie View GC

Lawrence North HS

Indiana

Jeffery Schwind

Indianapolis

Meridian Hills CC

Home school

Purdue

Llogan Russell

French Lick

French Lick Resort

Springs Valley HS

Indiana


Date: 2/1/2017