Did you know that your teen’s summer job could lead to a full college scholarship?
Each year, more than 800 deserving golf caddies from across the country attend college on the Chick Evans Scholarship, a privately funded scholarship program. Supported by the Western Golf Association, the Scholarship provides full tuition and housing at leading universities across the country, including Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. The requirements are straightforward: earn good grades, have a strong caddie record, demonstrate financial need and display outstanding character.
There are currently 106 Evans Scholars enrolled at Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame in addition to the 996 alumni from the universities.
Evans Scholars applications must have caddied regularly for a minimum of two years and are expected to caddie and/or work at their sponsoring club during the summer after they apply for the scholarship.
To find a list of partnering clubs in Indianapolis, teens should use the “Caddie Club Locator” on the WGA website: www.wgaesf.org. From there, they should reach out to the respective club directly. Most clubs conduct an orientation after receiving the potential caddie’s application where they cover all of the expectations of being a caddie, including training days/times, best days to caddies, rules and regulations, uniforms, benefits, etc. For guidance on becoming an effective caddie, the WGA offers a training video, training manual and exam on its website, under “Caddie Resources.”
Caddying offers much more than a great summer job for Indianapolis young men and women, it could lead to a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a full college scholarship, valued at more than $80,000 over four years.