GOLF, IL – Twelve Indiana 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 Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis on Jan. 31.
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, and will attend Indiana University in Bloomington or Purdue University in West Lafayette. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.
Ellison Darnell, Fishers, Hillcrest CC, Cathedral HS, Purdue; Emma Curry, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne CC, North Side HS, Indiana; Camden Lytle, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne CC, Canterbury School, Indiana; Jacob Svarczkopf, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne CC, Bishop Dwenger HS, Indiana; Tyler Andrews, Indianapolis, Meridian Hills CC, Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School, Purdue; Kevin Jones, Indianapolis, Meridian Hills CC, Pike HS, Indiana; Marissa Linn, Indianapolis, Meridian Hills CC, North Central HS, Indiana; Aaron Schwind, Indianapolis, Meridian Hills CC, Homeschooled, Purdue; James Thomas, La Porte, Long Beach CC, Marquette Catholic HS, Purdue; Madeline Haskell, Lake Station, Long Beach CC, Chesterton HS, Indiana; Amber Hedges, Sheridan, Wood Wind GC, Westfield HS, Purdue; Ashley Hedges, Sheridan, Wood Wind GC, Westfield HS, Purdue.
“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 Meridian Hills Country Club selection meeting was the 10th 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.