Match Play Challenge

"Fairway to the Future: The Drive to 1,000 Scholars"

 Each year, the Evans Scholars Foundation receives a rising number of applications from caddies across the country. These caddies possess limitless potential, but the skyrocketing cost of college tuition has left their families struggling to save money to pay for school.

The Foundation is focused on helping these caddies as it prepares to kick off the 2016 Match Play Challenge — the major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign — in the coming weeks. The Match Play Challenge is critical to the Evans Scholars Foundation’s ability to tee up a promising future for deserving caddies by awarding full tuition and housing scholarships to top-tier universities coast to coast.

The goal of the Match Play Challenge is to match all Par Club gifts of $2,500 or greater. In 2015, the campaign raised a record $9.7 million. But that figure must be surpassed to keep pace with the rising cost of college tuition. In 2015, direct scholarship costs for Evans Scholars totaled $16 million. In 2016, those costs will surpass $17 million — and our bill will increase by $1 million each year going forward.

The need is greater than ever. With 910 Evans Scholars currently enrolled in school and 260 new Evans Scholarships awarded for 2016, the Evans Scholars Foundation will again rely on the generous support of Match Play Challenge Partners, Alumni and other Program supporters.

The continued success of this campaign is essential to meeting the organization’s goal of sending 1,000 caddies to school each year by 2020.

“Though we are pleased with the success of the campaign to date, we realize there is much work to be done if we are to meet the increasing need for an Evans Scholarship,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President of Development & Strategy. “Ongoing support for the Match Play Challenge will help ensure no deserving caddie is left behind in the caddie yard.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or

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