Just a few months ago, the house at 1029 Broadway in Boulder marked 50 years of being home to the University of Colorado Evans Scholars. And this week, the local chapter of the scholarship program for caddies hit a high-water mark in that half-century-plus.
When the Illinois-based Western Golf Association, which administers the scholarship nationwide, announced the 13 caddies who will become CU Evans Scholars in the fall, a school-record seven females were in the incoming class, outnumbering the newcomers on the male side (six).
The 13 were awarded the full tuition and housing Evans Scholarship at CU, estimated to be worth $120,000 if renewed for four years, though that amount varies significantly depending on the individual case.
Women have been Evans Scholars at CU on and off since the early 1970s. Currently, a little more than one-quarter of the 59 CU Evans Scholars are women.
While this class marks the largest number of incoming females for the CU Evans Scholars program, there was an earlier year when females outnumbered males in an incoming CU class in 2005, when five women and three men were awarded the scholarship.
The WGA has long partnered with the CGA in supporting the scholarship in Colorado. The Evans Scholarship, awarded to high-achieving caddies with significant financial need, is a flagship program for the CGA. With bag-tag sales and Par Club contributions, Colorado donors fully fund the year-to-year scholarship costs at the CU Evans Scholars house.
To qualify for an Evans Scholarship, one of the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship programs, applicants must have excellent caddie records and academic results, show strong character and leadership, and demonstrate financial need.
“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our program has been about since its creation in 1930,” WGA 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.”
Thirty-six Coloradans applied for the Evans Scholarship this school year.
Of this year’s 13 Evans Scholar recipients from Colorado, five caddied at Cherry Hills Country Club. Three incoming scholars started caddying at the Solich Caddie and Leadership Academy at CommonGround Golf Course. The Academy has produced 19 Evans Scholars since debuting in 2012.
Here are the 13 new Evans Scholars from Colorado:
Caddied at Cherry Hills Country Club and Solich Caddie and Leadership Academy at CommonGround Golf Course:
Caddied at Colorado Golf Club:
Caddied at Cherry Creek Country Club:
Caddied at Denver Country Club:
Caddied at Cherry Hills Country Club and Castle Pines Golf Club:
Caddied at The Club at Rolling Hills:
Caddied at Roaring Fork Club:
Caddied at Ballyneal:
Caddied at Boulder Country Club:
Caddied at Cherry Hills Country Club:
Caddied at The Broadmoor Golf Club:
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