Did you know that your teen’s summer job could lead to a full college scholarship?
Each year, more than 800 deserving golf caddies 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 Ohio State University and Miami University. The requirements are straightforward: earn good grades, have a strong caddie record, demonstrate financial need and display outstanding character.
There are currently 129 Evans Scholars enrolled at Ohio State University and Miami University in addition to 1,215 alumni from these universities.
Evans Scholars applicants 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 Northeast Ohio, 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 caddie, 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 Northeast Ohio 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.