Students will begin college this fall as Evans Scholars

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Fourteen students from the state of Colorado have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following an online selection interview held Jan. 26.

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, attending University of Colorado in Boulder. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. Below is a complete list of winners.

“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 is holding virtually across the country through the spring. When the 2020-21 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 300 caddies nationwide 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.

This year’s Colorado winners are listed below.




High School

Sponsoring Club

John Doyle


Aspen High School

Roaring Fork Club

Natalie Perez


Colorado Early Colleges

Chery Hills Country Club

Hector Rodriguez


Mullen High School

Cherry Creek Country Club

Maria Angela Rojas


William Smith High School

Cherry Hills Country Club

Ethan Sevier-Barrios*


Regis Jesuit High School

Cherry Hills Country Club

Tyler Sims


Basalt High School

Roaring Fork Club

Katherine Kachel

Colorado Springs

Doherty High School

Broadmoor Golf Club

Karris Kelbel

Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain HS

Broadmoor Golf Club

Isabella Iacovetta


Arrupe Jesuit High School

Lakewood Country Club

Andrew Johnson


Denver East High School

Cherry Hills Country Club

Simon Seyoum


KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy

Cherry Hills Country Club

Kalea Potter

Grand Junction

Palisade High School

Tiara Rado Golf Course

Zachary Janczak*


Lakewood High School

Lakewood Country Club

Luke Karbach


Columbine High School

Columbine Country Club

*Awarded the Evans Scholarship for three years as they are currently a freshman in college.