Evans Scholars Foundation awards youth golf caddies full tuition and housing grants



Each year, the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation awards hundreds of deserving youth golf caddies a full tuition and housing college grant. In 2017, 270 students from across the country and Canada were awarded the Evans Scholarship, which is valued at an estimated $100,000 over four years.

Currently, a record 965 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,600 caddies have graduated since the Program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. Currently, there are three Scholars from Pittsburgh, and six alumni from Pittsburgh.  

To apply for the Evans Scholarship, applicants must meet the Scholarship’s four selection criteria: have a strong caddie record; excellent academics; outstanding character; and demonstrate financial need. For students who are about to enter their freshman year of high school and are interested in learning to caddie, you can sign up for a caddie training program at a local club. Many clubs hold training sessions in the spring. To find a club near you, enter your zip code or state of residence in the WGA’s Caddie Club Locator online.

For students interested in caddying who may not live near a club, the WGA offers a special program called the Caddie Academy. For seven weeks during the summer, participants live together and caddie daily at a participating club in the Chicago area. Those who successfully complete the three-summer program are eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship.

For more information on becoming a caddie or applying for the Evans Scholarship, please visit www.wgaesf.org. For more information on the Caddie Academy, please visit www.wgacaddieacademy.org.