Awarded by the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation (WGAESF), the award provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. Currently, more than 850 caddies are attending college on scholarship; there are more than 9,000 Evans alumni across the country. Most Evans Scholars attend one of the 14 universities where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House.
The Evans Program is funded by contributions from more than 100,000 golfers across the country, as well as Evans alumni and proceeds from the BMW Championship. Portland Public Golf manager John Zoller is a proud member of the 9,000+ Evans Scholarship alumni. According to Zoller, famed golfer Charles "Chick" Evans, Jr. grew up in the Chicago area in the early 1900s. Evans earned money by caddying at the local country club. Wanting to go to college, he found that he could not afford it nor was there anyone to help him.
In the early 1920s, Evans won both the US Amateur and the US Open golf tournaments, and with the victories came considerable wealth and fame. Determined to help others in his former situation, he started the Evans Foundation. It is currently the largest privately funded scholarship program in the world, with more than 9,000 alumni.
The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship, being in the top 10% of one's high school class, and two years either caddying or working in the golf business.
For more information, visit the WGAESF website.