A few months ago we wrote on why caddying at a golf course is a great job for high school students. Caddying in the summer time can provide you a flexible schedule, a chance to form meaningful relationships with area business leaders and influential figures, and even free golf. One of the most prominent golf associations in the country today, the Western Golf Association, implemented the Chick Evans Scholars program in 1930 with an ambitious goal of sending deserving caddies to college tuition free. Today, the Evans Scholars program is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.
How Do I Become Eligible for the Evans Scholarship?
Applicants for the scholarship must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, financial needs, and outstanding character. You must have caddied successfully and regularly for a minimum of two years and are expected to continue to caddie at your respected club when applying. In the classroom, you must complete your junior year of high school with a B or above average. Applicants also need to display character, integrity and leadership.
Which Universities Can I attend?
Applicants are expected to apply to the Evans Scholarship universities listed for their state (Illinois residents should apply to the University of Illinois and to three additional Evans Scholarship universities). Applicants apply directly to the universities for admission and are expected to do so by November 1. Living in an Evans Scholarship House on campus is an integral component of the Evans Scholars Program.
- For a complete list of schools that offer the Evans Scholars program, please visit: http://www.wgaesf.org/site/c.dwJTKiO0JgI8G/b.6086587/k.D8EC/Frequent_Questions.htm
How Do I Apply for the Evans Scholarship?
Applications are available beginning on August 1st, and are available at the beginning of a student’s senior year of high school or freshman year of college. Evans Scholarship applications will receive full consideration when the directions below are followed accurately and completely.
Jenna Baker, a junior who is on the Evans scholars leadership council of the University of Minnesota, was quoted about living in community with other Evans scholars, “It’s a grouping of people who have the same common goals and interests and they look out for each other.” Minnesota chapter president Charlie Bulger, who also serves as national chairman of the Evans Scholars, “It’s a scholarship unlike any other that you’ll find.”
By the Numbers
- 270 full tuition and housing awards this year
- 965 Evans Scholars enrolled at 20 universities for the 2017-18 academic year
- Evans Scholarship Houses at 14 universities
- Comprehensive selection criteria includes academics, financial need, caddie record and strong character and leadership
- Evans Scholars are campus leaders in academic and extracurricular activities
- Cumulative GPA is 3.3
- Graduation rate is 95 percent
- 10,617 Evans Scholars Alumni
The 2017-18 application for the Chick Evans Scholarship for caddies is now available at This Link and accepted at the beginning of the applicant’s senior year of high school. Applications will also be accepted from 2017 high school graduates. Priority will be given to applications submitted online by September 30.