New Evans Scholar will attend the University of Washington
GLENVIEW, Ill. – A student from British Columbia, Canada, has been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious full housing and tuition grant offered to golf caddies, following an online selection interview held Dec. 20.
Aleksej Milojevic of Victoria will begin college this fall as an Evans Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he plans to study business administration. In 2007, Milojevic’s family immigrated to Canada from Serbia. Currently, he is in Grade 12 at Mount Douglas Secondary School and caddies at Victoria Golf Club.
“Attending a university in the United States had always been a dream of mine, but knowing my family's financial situation, it had always seemed unattainable,” he says. “Since having joined the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program at the Victoria Golf Club, my most important goal has been preparing to apply.”
“Over my vast time spent as a caddie, I have fallen in love with the course, the game of golf and the members for whom I’ve had the absolute pleasure of caddying for,” Milojevic continues. “Over the many knowledgeable and personal conversations, I’ve been educated on all sorts of different careers from members who are experts in their disciplines, the most appealing of which has been business.”
Evans Scholars are selected based on strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years.
“Aleksej showed his amazing determination by setting our all-time club record for the number of caddie loops in a single season,” says WGA Director and Victoria Golf Club member Jenny Dobell. “We know he will do great things and are all excited about his future.”
Evans Scholars selection meeting interviews will continue nationwide through spring. When the 2022-23 selection meeting process is complete, an estimated 325 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.
The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. Known as one of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.
Currently, a record 1,100 caddies are enrolled at 22 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,800 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
“These young students represent what our Program has been about since 1930,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We are proud to welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”
Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by nearly 36,000 supporters across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $15 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA TOUR Playoff event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 2023, the BMW Championship will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, from Aug. 17-20.