GOLF, IL – Twelve Colorado 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 Denver Country Club in Denver on Jan. 18.
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, with most recipients awarded to the University of Colorado in Boulder. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.
Quincy Slaughter, Aurora, Sankaty Head GC in Massachusetts, Aurora Central HS, Colorado; Oswaldo Morales, Basalt, Roaring Fork Club, Basalt HS, Colorado; Samuel Seibert, Basalt, Roaring Fork Club, Basalt HS, Colorado; Anderson Gillmore, Broomfield, Lakewood CC, Academy of Charter Schools, Colorado; Vincent Scarato, Broomfield, Cherry Hills CC, Homeschooled, Colorado; George Conway, Centennial, Meridian GC, Cherry Creek HS, Colorado; Kyndall Hadley, Centennial, Cherry Hills CC, Smoky Hill HS, Northwestern; Isabell Deak, Colorado Springs, Broadmoor GC, Air Academy HS, Colorado; Payton Brown, Denver, Denver CC, East HS, Colorado; Helina Seyoum, Denver, CommonGround GC, Bishop Machebeuf HS, Colorado; Cole Prins, Highlands Ranch, Colorado GC, Mountain Vista HS, Colorado; Kaia Dameron, Lakewood, Lakewood CC, Bear Creek HS, Colorado.
“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 Denver Country Club selection meeting was the ninth of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2017-18 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 965 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,600 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 worked tirelessly to earn this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “They have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course. 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.