Chicagoland caddies earn Evans Scholarships

GOLF, IL – Forty Chicago-area students have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at Medinah Country Club in Medinah on Nov. 27, Northern Trust in Chicago on Dec. 4 and North Shore Country Club in Glenview on Dec. 8.

Each caddie 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 2019 as Evans Scholars, with awarded universities to be finalized this spring. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Winners are listed below and organized by hometown.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

The selection meetings at Medinah Country Club, Northern Trust and North Shore Country Club were three of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2018-19 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 275 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 985 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,830 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“These young men and women have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of 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, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit www.wgaesf.org.

Name

Hometown

Sponsoring Golf Club

High School

Grace Ryan

Arlington Heights

Rolling Green CC

Prospect HS

Citlalli Cazales

Berwyn

River Forest CC

Nazareth Academy

Anahi Marquez

Berwyn

Oak Park CC

Nazareth Academy

Mary Mack

Chicago

Edgewood Valley CC

The Latin School of Chicago

Julia Wilk

Chicago

Ruth Lake CC

Fenwick HS

Andrew Tamayo

Cicero

Oak Park CC

J. Sterling Morton East HS

Jack Gentleman

Clarendon Hills

Hinsdale GC

Hinsdale Central HS

John Semenchuk

Darien

Cantigny Golf

Benet Academy

Kevin Gnadt

Elmhurst

River Forest CC

York Community HS

Sam Pozen

Elmhurst

River Forest CC

York Community HS

Santiago Currea

Gurnee

Ivanhoe Club

Warren Township HS

Richard Araujo

Hinsdale

Butterfield CC

Hinsdale Central HS

Matthew Murray

LaGrange

Edgewood Valley CC

Lyons Township HS

Gabriella Dudek

Lake Zurich

Twin Orchard CC

Lake Zurich HS

Adam Krasowski

Lake Zurich

Twin Orchard CC

Lake Zurich HS

Brigid Higgins

Lemont

Hinsdale GC

Kolbe Academy

Marshall Hernandez

Lombard

Cantigny Golf

Homeschooled

Dominick Longobardi

Mount Prospect

Medinah CC

John Hersey HS

Audrey Cahill

Naperville

Naperville CC

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Jack Dykema

West Chicago

Chicago GC

Wheaton Academy


Name

Sponsoring Golf Club

High School

Adedoyin Akisanya

Sankaty Head Golf Club

Latin School of Chicago

Maria Paz Espin

Skokie Country Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Anahi Gutierrez

Skokie Country Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Jacqueline Hernandez

Onwentsia Club

Back of the Yards College Preparatory HS

Lydia Johnson

Beverly Country Club

Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Joshua Russell

Bryn Mawr Country Club

Lane Tech College Prep HS

Ian Shimandle

Bryn Mawr Country Club

Northside College Prep

David Wang

Riverside Golf Club

Whitney M. Young Magnet HS

 

Name

Hometown

Sponsoring Golf Club

High School

Erick Flores

Chicago

Indian Hill Club

Loyola Academy

Declan Gillespie

Chicago

Ridgemoor Country Club

Saint Patrick High School

Moises Lopez

Chicago

Lake Shore Country Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Sabrina Lopez

Chicago

Skokie Country Club

Chicago Waldorf School

Maura McCarthy

Chicago

Ridgemoor Country Club

Lane Tech College Prep High School

Evelyn Nava

Chicago

Conway Farms Golf Club

North Shore Country Day School

Emmanuel Perez

Chicago

Conway Farms Golf Club

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Asia Sobek

Chicago

Northmoor Country Club

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts HS

Aaron Williams

Chicago

Evanston Golf Club

Northside College Prep

Shawn Coffell

Grayslake

Northmoor Country Club

Warren Township High School

Allison McLean

Libertyville

Shoreacres

Libertyville High School

Rosalie Xavier

Skokie

Evanston Golf Club

Niles North High School

 

Date: 12/14/2018