Eleven Oregon State students, including four from Bandon, have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a prestigious full housing and tuition scholarship available to golf caddies, following a selection interview held Feb. .
Each cadet has a unique story that reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong cadet record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need, and exceptional character.
They will enter college this fall as Evans Scholars at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The Evans Scholarship is valued at over $120,000 over four years.
The Bandon winners have all worked under the Bandon Dunes name. They are Hunter Angove, Trevor Angove, Ansen Converse and Andrew Robertson. The remaining cadets awarded were from Beaverton, McMinniville and Portland.
“These young men and women are part of an outstanding incoming class of new scholars from across the country,” said WGA President Joe Desch. “They represent what the Evans Scholars program has been since 1930.”
Evans Scholars selection interviews are taking place with applicants nationwide through spring. When the 2021-2022 selection meeting process is complete, approximately 315 caddies from across the country are expected to receive the Evans Scholarship.
The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholars Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. Recognized as one of golf’s favorite charities, it This is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.
Currently, a record 1,070 caddies are enrolled at 21 universities across the country as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,500 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the famed amateur golfer of ChicagoCharles “Chick” Evans Jr.
“These young students have each demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their communities and on the golf course,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We are proud to welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”
Scholarship funds come primarily from contributions from nearly 35,000 supporters across the country who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars alumni donate more than $17 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA TOUR Playoff event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup contest, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 2022, the BMW Championship will be held at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, August 16-21.
To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit www.wgaesf.org. The list below features the winners of the Oregon State Evans Scholars.