Monday, April 23, 2012

Chick Evans Scholarship awarded to golf caddies for college

(GOLF, Ill.) - The Evans Scholars Foundation has awarded 230 full housing and tuition college scholarships to deserving caddies across the United States beginning this fall.

Evans Scholars are golf caddies who are selected based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character.

Most scholarship recipients are attending one of the 14 universities where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. The Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $70,000 over four years. View a full list of all the recipients online at

Recipients were chosen after individual candidate interviews at selection meetings held throughout the country by the Western Golf Association. The Evans Scholarship Program has been administered by the WGA, headquartered in Golf, Ill., since 1930. It is among the nation's largest privately funded scholarship programs.

"These young men and women have excelled in academics and in service to their schools and communities," said John Kaczkowski, president and CEO of the WGA/ESF. "We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family and look forward to their continued success as college students."

"The Evans Scholarship is truly a life-changing opportunity for the deserving young men and women who will now be able to realize their dream of earning a college education," said Jim Bunch, Chairman of the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation.

Currently, 825 caddies are enrolled in college as Evans Scholars. More than 9,400 caddies have graduated since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles "Chick" Evans Jr.
Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 45,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the WGA Evans Scholars Par Club. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $4 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR's FedExCup competition, are donated to Evans Scholars.


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