College Scholarships Awarded to Seven Local Caddies

A part-time job can lead to full college tuition

By Erin Schoen Marsh

Parents have no shortage of worries these days, including how to pay for the ever-increasing cost of college. Even if you started squirreling away money when your child was an infant, you may not have enough saved for the yearly costs to attend a college or university. The Western Golf Association’s (WGA) Chick Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition scholarship and the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program, offers hope to many families.

Twenty-six students who caddied in the state of Ohio have been awarded 2020 full tuition to college, and seven of those 26 are local Toledo area students, all of whom will be attending The Ohio State University.

Each student caddie has a unique story to tell, to satisfy the scholarships’ four selection criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The full tuition and housing college scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

Currently, a record 1,010 caddies are enrolled at 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,050 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., famed Chicago amateur golfer, 90 years ago.

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Kelcy Blanchong
Kelcy Blanchong (Wauseon High School, Wauseon)
Gabriel Regalado
Gabriel Regalado (Bedford Senior High School, Lambertville, MI)
Brandon Burks
Brandon Burks (Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, Toledo)
Enrique Morales-Ayala
Enrique Morales-Ayala (Perrysburg High School, Perrysburg)
Caroline Jarrell
Caroline Jarrell (Notre Dame Academy, Ottawa Hills)
Abigail Firsdon
Abigail Firsdon (Notre Dame Academy, Lambertville, MI)
Jackson Seibert
Jackson Seibert (St. John’s Jesuit, Toledo)

Erin Schoen Marsh
Erin Schoen Marsh
Erin is a writer/editor, yoga teacher, and mama to two little ones.

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