Three local students were among 20 in the Chicago area to be awarded Chick Evans scholarships last month. The scholarship provides full housing and tuition.
The scholarship is awarded to golf caddies based on four selection criteria — a strong caddie record excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character, according to a news release.
Justin Lundy, Kyle Dingle and Nathan Ernst received the awards after a final selection interview held Dec. 11 at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Lundy, a Mokena resident, attends Lincoln-Way Central and Dingle and Ernst both attend Lincoln-Way East and live in Frankfort, the release said.
All three will receive the estimated $120,000 scholarship when they begin college in the fall.
“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our program has been about since its creation in 1930,” Western Golf Association Chairman Frank Morley said. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”
The selection meeting at Beverly Country Club was one of more than 20 such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2018-19 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 280 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.
WGA, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.
Currently, a record 985 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,830 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program.