The Western Golf Association's championships rank among the oldest and most prestigious in the United States. We use our tournament legacy and reputation to further our charitable mission: the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies from modest means. For more fast facts on the Evans Scholars, view our 2013 At-A-Glance.
- We conduct four of the nation's most prestigious golf championships
- More than 300 championships held for professional and amateur golfers since our founding
- 70 top PGA TOUR players compete in the BMW Championship
- 2,700 volunteers at our championships in 2012
- 383 golf or country clubs are WGA members
- More than 200 full tuition and housing awards each year
- 840 Evans Scholars currently enrolled at 19 universities
- Evans Scholarship Houses at 14 universities
- Comprehensive selection criteria – academics, financial need, caddie record and character and leadership
- Campus leaders in academic and extracurricular activities
- Cumulative GPA for Scholars is 3.25
- Graduation rate is over 90 percent
- 9,800 Evans Scholar Alumni
- Evans Scholars is among the nation’s largest privately funded college scholarship programs
- Golf’s favorite charity with over 100,000 contributors, including 26,000 Par Club members
- WGA has 383 member clubs
- 500 Directors serve as ambassadors for the WGAESF
- Average grant valued at more than $70,000 over four years
- Alumni contribute more than $6.2 million annually and over $62.3 million cumulatively
- Operating budget: $18 million
- Program costs: tuition, housing and related costs, 77%; fundraising, 14%; administration, 9%.
- Program funding: Par Club contributions and major gifts, 70%; tournament and events, 20%; other contributions such as bag tag membership, memorials and bequests, 10%.