– In 2018, a record 275 students from across the country have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies.
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. Winners are listed in the accompanying document.
Recipients were interviewed at one of more than 20 selection meetings held at golf and country clubs across the country, from this past November through March. They’ll begin college as Evans Scholars this fall, attending one of 19 leading universities nationwide, including 14 where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House.
“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 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.
“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.”
The support of local golf and country clubs and partnering golf associations has been an integral part of the success of the Evans Scholars Program.
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 Alumni since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by more than 31,800 golf fans across the country who support the Evans Scholars 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.
For a full list of newly awarded Evans Scholars, organized by state and city, click here. Date: 5/9/2018