Ouimet Evans Scholars will begin college this fall
GLENVIEW, Ill. & NORTON, Mass. – Two students from Massachusetts have been awarded the Ouimet Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college scholarship for deserving caddies, following a selection interview held Dec. 20.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund and the Evans Scholars Foundation annually co-sponsor the scholarships for caddies from the state of Massachusetts. They are awarded to applicants who meet the criteria of both organizations and demonstrate a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. The scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years.
Caleb Levesque of Marstons Mills is a senior at Deerfield Academy and caddies at Hyannisport Club. He will begin college in the fall as a Ouimet Evans Scholar with plans to study business and economics.
“I began to caddy when I was 12 years old. I was quite small for my age, but I showed up and hustled,” he said. “Caddying enabled me to gain a sense for the value of earning money, while helping me listen, converse and grow more comfortable in front of a variety of people.”
Quinn Cahill of Auburn is a senior at Auburn Senior High School and caddies at Worcester Country Club. He will begin college in the fall as a Ouimet Evans Scholar with plans to study computer science.
“My love for the game of golf inspired my caddying career. It was there that I learned hard work and perseverance through the demanding physical job of being a caddie,” he says. “Through the job I was able to meet many successful people from bankers to lawyers and salesmen. The people I met have inspired me to take control of my career and start my own business.”
Evans Scholars selection meeting interviews will continue nationwide through the spring. When the 2022-23 selection meeting process is complete, an estimated 325 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.
“Each student has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, on the golf course and in their communities,” said WGA Chairman Joe Desch. “We are thrilled for them to join an exceptional class of newly awarded Evans Scholars from across the nation.”
“We are proud of the new Ouimet-Evans Scholars for their dedication as caddies and their outstanding performance in the classroom,” said William L. Healy, MD, President of the Ouimet Fund. “The Ouimet Fund is proud to partner with the Evans Scholars Foundation to support young men and women who work in golf.”
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.