Students will begin college this fall as Evans Scholars

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Thirteen students from across the country who participated in the WGA Caddie Academy have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a selection interview held at online on Dec. 18.

Each caddie has a unique story, 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 2021 as Evans Scholars, with awarded universities to be finalized by March 1. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Below is a complete list of winners.

The Caddie Academy is a special summer program of the Western Golf Association that provides caddie opportunities to young men and women from underprivileged areas. The students have all participated in the program, which is held in the Chicago area each summer, for the past three years, caddying at local golf clubs each day.

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

The selection meeting held via Zoom was one of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold virtually across the country through the spring. When the 2020-21 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 300 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. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 1,045 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,320 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“These young students all have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,500 golfers 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 third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 2021, the BMW Championship will be held at Caves Valley Golf Club from Aug. 23-29.



High School

Sponsoring Club

Alicia Marley Rivera Alvarado

Mableton, GA

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit

Evanston Golf Club

Leslie Galeana Cruz

Norcross, GA

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit

Evanston Golf Club

Travis Cunningham

Chicago, IL

De LaSalle Institute

North Shore Country Club

Erick Hernandez

New York, NY

Cristo Rey New York High School

Old Elm Club

Alyssa Johnson

Compton, CA

Compton High School

Merit Club

Camille Kennedy

Middletown, CT

Middletown High School

The Glen Club

Ashley Martinez

Compton, CA

Compton High School

Twin Orchard Country Club

Celeste Ortiz

Chicago, IL

Trinity High School

The Glen Club

Danette Pimentel

Chicago, IL

Intrinsic Charter High School

Northmoor Country Club

Alejandro Cabrera Quintana

Las Vegas, NV

Bonanza High School

Old Elm Club

Christopher Rosado

Los Angeles, CA

Bishop Mora Salesian High School

North Shore Country Club

Suzette Rosales Solis

Compton, CA

Dominguez High School

Twin Orchard Country Club

Chloe Williams

Waukegan, IL

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Lake Shore Country Club


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