The Evans Scholarship: Guide to the Top Caddie Scholarship Program

By Kellie Noszka

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For nearly 100 years, the Evans Scholarship has provided full college tuition for deserving golf caddies. Since then, over 11,300 Evans Scholars have graduated from universities across the country, debt-free and with immeasurable leadership qualities that carry them into their adult lives.

History of the Evans Scholarship

The Evans Scholarship was founded by one of the most famous amateur golfers of all time, Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr. In 1916, Evans became the first golfer to win the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in the same year. Bobby Jones is the only golfer to repeat the feat since.

Despite his overwhelming success, Evans chose not to turn professional. To keep his amateur status, Evans, a former caddie himself, set the money aside in an escrow. At the suggestion of his mother, Lena, Evans approached the Western Golf Association about starting a full tuition and housing college scholarship for caddies. In 1930, the first two Evans Scholarships were awarded.

The WGA developed the Evans Scholars Foundation and grew the scholarship after Evans’ funds were no longer available.

Today’s Evans Scholarship

According to the Western Golf Association, there are currently a record 1,045 Evans Scholars enrolled in 19 major universities across the country. Participating universities include:

  • Indiana University
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin

Evans Scholars have a 95 percent graduation rate and maintain an average cumulative grade point average of over 3.2. While Evans Scholars are not required to continue caddying during college, they are expected to participate in volunteer and leadership opportunities throughout their college years.

The Evans Scholarship is ranked No. 16 in Great College Deals 30 Best Full-Ride Scholarships.

Apply to Earn an Evans Scholarship

Applicants for the Evans Scholarship must meet four requirements: outstanding character, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and strong caddie record.

Caddies can apply at the beginning of their senior year of high school. Scholarships are also occasionally awarded to college freshmen. Learn more about how to apply for an Evans Scholarship.

How the Evans Scholarship is Funded

The main source of funding for the Evans Scholarship comes from donations to the Par Club. Many golf clubs support the Par Club program; over 33,000 donors contributed to the Par Club annually. Gifts of $2,500 or more are matched through the Match Play Challenge Initiative.

The BMW Championship, PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoff, is the top fundraising event for the Evans Scholarship. Jon Rahm beat Dustin Johnson in a playoff to win the 2020 BMW Championship.

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About the Author

Kellie Noszka is a freelance writer and former sports reporter for the Cincinnati Post. She was a golf caddie for 10 years and earned an Evans Scholarship to The Ohio State University. Kellie developed a deep appreciation for the game of golf at an early age.