'The greatest gift I have ever received'
The 2014 Evans Scholars Invitational, the year's premier event for Evans Scholars Alumni, was held Aug. 11, at Butterfield Country Club and Chicago Highlands Club to raise funds to send caddies to college. Nearly 230 golfers participated in the event, which was presented by William Blair & Company. Longtime Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley served as the emcee, with legendary former Bears coach Mike Ditka as the featured guest.
Indiana Evans Scholar Kamryn Klawitter also spoke about how receiving the Scholarship changed her life. She grew up on a single family income, not knowing if college was a possibility. “Hearing my father get up at 2 a.m. for work every day instilled a work ethic in me and showed me at an early age that no matter the goal, you can achieve it if you apply yourself,” she said. “I developed a work ethic and mental toughness both in the classroom and on the golf course.”
Her hard work paid off when she received the Evans Scholarship to Indiana University, where she is also a members of the women's golf team. She will be a senior this fall, majoring in finance.
“The Evans Scholarship is the greatest gift I have ever received,” she said. “It has allowed me to reach my education goals and pursue collegiate golf, while lifting the burden of college tuition off my family’s shoulders. Caddying was never a job to me. I fell in love with golf, and I fell hard. The game has provided me with unthinkable opportunities and allowed me to meet some incredible people.”