Fourteen caddies to attend leading universities nationwide

GOLF, IL – Fourteen Indiana students have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection interview held at Sycamore Hills Country Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Jan. 31.

Each caddie has a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. They will begin college in the fall of 2019 as Evans Scholars, with recipients awarded to Indiana University in Bloomington or Purdue University in West Lafayette. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Winners are listed below and organized by hometown.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

The selection meeting at Sycamore Hills Country Club was one of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2018-19 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 280 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 985 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,830 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“In the classroom, in the community and on the golf course, these 14 recipients have absolutely earned this life-changing opportunity, and we look forward to what the future holds for them," says Vince Saul, lead WGA Director in the state of Indiana.

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 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 the Evans Scholars Foundation.


Name City High School Sponsoring Club University
Jack Doehrman Brownsburg Brownsburg HS CC of Indianapolis Indiana
Joseph Conway Carmel Carmel HS Crooked Stick GC Purdue
Stephen Busch Fort Wayne Bishop Luers HS Orchard Ridge CC Purdue
Noah Snyder Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran HS Fort Wayne CC Purdue
Kaleb Waikel Fort Wayne Northrop HS Fort Wayne CC Indiana
Nicholas Wichlinski Griffith Bishop Noll Institute Briar Ridge CC Purdue
Miranda Stovall Indianapolis Lawrence North HS Hillcrest CC Indiana
John Wagoner Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter HS Highland Golf & CC Indiana
Jackson Attar Michigan City Michigan City HS Long Beach CC Indiana
Benjamin Ruszkowski Michigan City La Lumiere Long Beach CC Indiana
Nicholas Stewart South Bend Riley HS South Bend CC Purdue
Joseph Zahl* South Bend Adams HS South Bend CC Indiana
Jacob Espey Westfield Westfield HS Wood Wind GC Purdue
Nicole Neuenschwander Westfield Westfield HS Prairie View GC Indiana