Summer Outing - President/CEO Speech

'We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we can always do more'

WGA/ESF President and CEO John Kaczkowski delivered the following update on the organization at the annual Evans Scholars Summer Outing banquet, held June 26 at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This is the biggest weekend of the year for our Evans Scholars. It’s a time to come together and celebrate our Program and all the hard work put in by our Scholars, Alumni and Directors. And it is an absolute honor to be able to celebrate at The Minikahda Club this year – 100 years after Chick’s historic win in the 1916 US Open. It’s the site where he first began planning the Scholarship that today means so much to so many.

This year, again, there is plenty to celebrate. The Evans Scholars Program continues to achieve new heights, as we see a record number of applicants. To meet this growing need, we’re working to expand our Program from coast to coast, with a goal of sending 1,000 Scholars to school by the year 2020.

In the past year, we’ve had dedication ceremonies to celebrate a brand new Scholarship House at the University of Miami, as well as a complete renovation at the University of Colorado. This fall, for the first time, our students at the University of Oregon will live together in a Scholarship House, and we will welcome a group of New Scholars to the University of Kansas. In the coming years, these efforts to grow the program will only continue.

We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we can always do more – and with your help, and the support of our hundreds of Directors and thousands of donors, we remain committed to offering our life-changing Evans Scholarship to even more young men and women in the years ahead.

Thank you, on behalf of all of us at the Western Golf Association, for your enthusiastic support.