Campaign will address rising need for the Evans Scholarship
GOLF, IL – The Evans Scholars Foundation is preparing for the 2019 Match Play Challenge campaign, which is set to launch during the 10th annual Evans Scholars Retreat at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on May 14-16, 2019. This will mark the ninth year of the major gifts initiative.
The Foundation’s generous supporters have changed the lives of thousands of young caddies through the Match Play Challenge since 2011. Led by 77 Match Play Partners, the 2018 Match Play Challenge set fundraising records for the eighth consecutive year, raising $15 million.
Those funds helped support the 985 Evans Scholars in school as the Foundation’s annual program costs surpassed $23 million. With program costs projected to rise by at least $1.5 million in 2019, the Match Play Challenge will again play a critical role.
The sustained success of this initiative will enable the Foundation to meet increased need for the Evans Scholarship. The Foundation is working to increase the number of Scholars in school to 1,000, establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, provide community living opportunities for all Scholars and develop new caddie training and career mentorship programs.
WGA Director Mike Keiser, who helped lead the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, will once again serve as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman in 2019 while supporting the initiative as a Match Play Partner. To date, another 20 donors have joined him as Match Play Partners by making commitments of $50,000 and greater that will be used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives this year.