Not your typical students - and not your typical dorms
There are currently 840 Evans Scholars who attend 19 schools nationwide. Most Scholars attend one of the 14 universities across the country where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. It is here where Scholars live and learn together, work with and care for each other.
They are top students, with all 14 Scholarship Houses boasting a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a graduation rate over 90 percent. They are promising change-makers on campus and future leaders in the workplace and in their communities. They are members of campus and community organizations, and they make giving back a priority, at both the chapter and university level. They go on to achieve success in graduate school and in professions that range from teaching to finance and everything in between.
Funding scholarships is the name of the game. For nearly 80 years, the WGA has administered the Evans Scholars Foundation, one of the nation's largest privately funded college scholarship programs. This is thanks to Charles "Chick" Evans Jr., who outdistanced his achievements as a champion golfer by setting up his fund. He trusted the WGA with his legacy - and, to date, we've awarded more than $160 million in scholarships in his name.
"There are times I thought, 'no way I'm going to get the Evans Scholarship.' But it is possible, it is dreamable."
Featured Scholar spotlight: Evans Scholar Jacob Mosley (MSU '16) has persevered through major personal struggles to achieve a goal he has worked toward since he was 13: earning the Evans Scholarship.
Congratulations New Scholars!
As triplets, Bethany (center), Sarah and Steven Nickison have at times found it hard to define a sense of self. Caddying at Medinah Country Club has helped shape their confidence. "I used to be interchangeable with my siblings, but caddying has transformed, developed and defined who I am as an individual," Bethany says.
This fall, the Lake Park High School graduates will part ways, with the sisters heading to Indiana University and Steven to Marquette University. They will study different majors and begin creating their own individual paths in life. "The Evans Scholarship has given us the opportunity to follow our dreams," says Steven.
Incoming Scholars By Numbers
They come from 137 golf/country clubs and 13 states
They average 160 loops and 4 years of caddying
They achieved an average 3.7 GPA in high school
37 caddies have siblings who are current Scholars
There is 1 set each of twins and triplets
2 Scholars will attend a new school, Notre Dame
Faces of the New Scholars
In 2013 the Evans Scholars Foundation welcomes 240 new Evans Scholars. Each New Scholar has their own unique personal story; however, their lives will be forever tied together thanks to a prestigious reward stemming from a summer job. Meet some of our New Scholars below.
Club: Bryn Mawr CC
Note: Natalia's family is active
in their Polish community.
"Caddying has truly become a significant part of me, alongside my education, community and family."
From: Havertown, Pa.
Club: Llanerch CC
School/Major: Miami, business
Note: Christian is the first J. Wood
Platt Evans Scholar. "What I learned caddying: A person needs to know when to speak and when to be quiet. Also, there's power in a smile and a handshake."
Club: Rose City GC
School/Major: Oregon, theater/psychology
Note: Hannah is the 2013 Portland Rose Festival queen. "I had no idea my introduction to golf would be the beginning of a journey that would change who I am."
From: Shoreline, Wash.
Club: Seattle GC
political science, pre-law
Note: Francesca learned to golf as soon as she could walk.
"I've seen the limitations my immigrant grandparents faced due to lack of education. College is key."
Club: Detroit GC
Note: Logan was the first high school team manager to receive his state's Unsung Hero Award. "I enjoy helping people learn and figure things out."
From: Southampton, N.Y.
Club: Shinnecock Hills GC
School/Major: Colorado, economics
Note: Alex is the second recipient of the
Long Island Evans Scholarship.
"From caddying, I learned patience, work ethic and tenacity on the course."
Club: CommonGroung GC
School/Major: Colorado, pre-med
Note: Asni is a first-generation Ethiopian. "Golf has a place in my heart for helping me learn perseverance, dedication and hard work."
From: Long Beach, Ind.
Club: Long Beach CC
School/Major: Purdue, applied
exercise and health
Note: Matt's swim team broke three school records. "College is about growing into a mature person who can positively affect those around me."