Milestone announced during Caddies to College event at Medinah
GOLF, IL – This fall, a record 1,000 caddies are attending college at 18 top universities across the country, Evans Scholars Foundation leaders announced today, celebrating a milestone that the organization has been working toward for the past five years.
The historic achievement of more than 1,000 students in school – 1,010 to be exact – was made during BMW Championship week celebrations; all proceeds from the PGA TOUR playoff event benefit the ESF.
“We’re thrilled to announce that we have achieved our goal of having a record 1,000 caddies enrolled in college,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “At a time when more families than ever are struggling to send their children to school, we’re meeting the need of providing Evans Scholarships to young caddies who show strong records of academics, leadership and financial need. Our Program continues to grow from coast to coast, thanks to our generous supporters.”
In the 89 years since the first two Evans Scholars enrolled at Northwestern in 1930, thousands of WGA Directors, donors and staff have worked diligently to build the Evans Scholars Program from a small, local initiative into the nation’s largest caddie scholarship program and one of golf’s favorite charities. The prestigious Evans Scholars Program now has more than 11,000 Alumni. Current Evans Scholars are leaders on their college campuses, achieving a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 95 percent graduation rate.
Scholars are playing a major role during BMW Championship week, beginning with the Program’s annual Summer Outing banquet on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Medinah Country Club. Evans Scholars Alex Umali from the University of Illinois, AJ Folino from Marquette University, and Ola Grabowski from Northwestern University were named the 2019 Evans Scholars of the Year, the top honor a student can receive within the Evans Scholars Program.
On Monday, Aug. 12, the Program held its “Caddies to College” celebration, shining the spotlight on the WGA-run Caddie Academy program. Justin Rose was the featured speaker at the fundraising event, and Evans Scholar Sarahi Ortiz talked about how caddying and earning the scholarship changed her life.