CHICK EVANS SCHOLARSHIPS
AWARDED TO 30 OHIO SENIORS
===”As a proud Evans Scholar (Ohio State, Class of 1976) from Western Hills Country Club in Cincinnati, one of the greatest days of my life came in 1972 when I received the letter notifying me that I was a recipient of the Evans Scholarship. My nickname is taken from Evans Scholars founder Charles “Chick” Evans, the greatest golfer and sportsman who ever lived.” — Charles “Chick” Ludwig, sportswriter, Dayton Daily News.===
Thirty high school seniors from Ohio — including five from the Miami Valley — have been awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full-tuition and housing college scholarship, for the 2009-10 academic year, according to the Evans Scholars Foundation based in Golf, Ill.
Evans Scholars are golf caddies who were selected based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.
The students will attend either Ohio State University in Columbus or Miami University in Oxford, where they will live in the Evans Scholarship House. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Here are the Chick Evans Scholarship recipients from the Dayton area, their sponsoring golf or country club, high school and college they will attend in fall 2009, as of April 14, 2009.
Conner Chambers — Dayton Country Club — Oakwood H.S. — OSU
Ryan Emmons — Moraine Country Club — West Carrollton H.S. — OSU
Anthony Marlow — Moraine Country Club — West Carrollton H.S. — OSU
Clay Petty — Moraine Country Club — Home School — OSU
Eric Schreck — Moraine Country Club — Centerville H.S. — Miami
The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has administered the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since its inception in 1930. It is the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program.
In Ohio, the Ohio Golf Association, along with the Greater Cincinnati, Columbus District, Toledo District and Northern Ohio golf associations, co-sponsor the program with WGA/ESF. Recipients were chosen after individual interviews with candidates at a recent selection meeting in Ohio.
“These young men and women have excelled in academics and in service to their schools and communities,” said Don Johnson, president and CEO of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family and look forward to their continued success as college students.”
“The Evans Scholarship is truly a life-changing opportunity for the deserving young men and women who will now be able to realize their dream of earning a college education,” said Jeff Harrison, vice president of education for the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Currently, 845 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, including 70 at Ohio State University and 46 at Miami University. More than 8,700 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars — including 692 from Ohio State and 371 from Miami — since the program was founded by Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., famed Chicago amateur golfer and winner of the 1916 U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur.
The program has a college graduation rate of over 90 percent and an overall GPA for current Evans Scholars above a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by about 140,000 golfers from around the country. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $4 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 Evans Scholars.
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