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 1916, 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 Scholars Foundation. It is currently the largest, privately-funded scholarship program in the world.
Awarded by the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation (WGAESF), the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship provides full housing and tuition to deserving caddies across the country. Currently, 840 caddies are attending college on scholarship; there are more than 9,800 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 Scholars Program is funded by contributions from an estimated 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 to be an Evans Scholar alumnus.
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.