WGA’s Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship Program Rich in Hoosier History

As golf fans prepare to descend on the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Sept. 6-9, among their numbers are young men and women enrolled in one of the nation’s premier college scholarship programs, the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship program.

 The program, sponsored by the WGA through the Evans Scholars Foundation, counts a rich history of Hoosier participants. The program has awarded more than $30 million in scholarships to Hoosier caddies since its founding in 1930. All net proceeds from the BMW Championship, estimated at more than $2 million, benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation.

More than 9,600 men and women have graduated as Evans Scholars (there are 835 current scholars), with most of them attending one of 14 universities across the country where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. Today, more than 100,000 golfers nationwide support the program, making it one of the largest privately funded scholarship programs in the country.

Hoosier highlights within the history of the program include:

* The namesake of the program, amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., was born in Indianapolis on Pennsylvania Street on July 18, 1890.

* Indiana University has a current enrollment of 55 Evans Scholars and counts 560 alumni.

* Purdue University has a current enrollment of 37 Evans Scholars and counts 414 alumni.

* Vince Pellegrino, the WGA’s vice president of tournaments, is a graduate of Indiana University and an Evans Scholar.

“Evans Scholars boast a graduation rate of 92 percent and a cumulative GPA of 3.25, showcasing their commitment to academic achievement and determination to make a difference in the lives of others,” said John Kaczkowski, president and CEO of the WGA. “From the program’s namesake to the current scholars at Indiana and Purdue universities, respectively, Indiana has played a definitive role in shaping the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship program into what it is today.”

In February 2012, nine Hoosier caddies—two from Central Indiana—were awarded scholarships, which are valued at an estimated $17,500 annually and are renewable for up to four years: Jackson Schuette, a graduate of Carmel High School and a caddie at Crooked Stick, is currently a student at Purdue University studying chemistry. Corey Jones, a graduate of Pike High School and a caddie at the Country Club of Indianapolis, also is enrolled at Purdue University and studying chemical engineering.

Scholarship funds come primarily from contributions by more than 45,000 WGA Evans Scholars Par Club members across the country. Evans Scholars alumni donate more than $4 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA Tour playoff events for the FedExCup competition, are donated to Evans Scholars.

To learn more about the WGA and the Evans Scholars Foundation, visit www.wgaesf.com.

 

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