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Matthew Chapel of West Bend, WI wins Chick Evans Scholarship

West Bend, WI – Recently, more than 18 Wisconsin high school seniors were awarded the Western Golf Association’s Chick Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition scholarship for caddies and the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program, including West Bend resident Matthew Chapel from West Bend East High School.

Chapel

The scholarships have four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character.

They will begin college in fall 2023 as Evans Scholars, with most to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years. Winners are listed below.

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“Each student has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, on the golf course and in their communities,” said WGA Chairman Joe Desch. “We are thrilled to welcome them to what will be an exceptional class of New Scholars from across the nation.”

Evans Scholars selection meeting interviews will continue nationwide through spring. When the 2022-23 selection meeting process is complete, an estimated 325 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. Known as one of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 1,100 caddies are enrolled at 22 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,800 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“These young students represent what our Program has been about since 1930,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We are proud to welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by nearly 36,000 supporters across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $15 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA TOUR Playoff event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation. In 2023, the BMW Championship will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, from Aug. 17-20.

To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit wgaesf.org.

First Name Last Name Hometown Sponsoring Club High School University
Amber Dretske Berlin Mascoutin GC Berlin HS University of Wisconsin
Anthony Galusha Greendale Westmoor CC Greendale HS University of Wisconsin
Luke Novotny Greendale Tuckaway CC Marquette University HS University of Wisconsin
Logan Giese Kronenwetter Wausau CC D C Everest HS University of Wisconsin
Ashlynn Brock Madison Nakoma GC Edgewood HS University of Wisconsin
Rachel Gibson Madison Nakoma GC Homeschool University of Wisconsin
Solomon Zimmermann Mequon Ozaukee CC Homestead HS University of Wisconsin
Zindzi Frederick Milwaukee Milwaukee CC University School-MKE University of Wisconsin
Chloe Fritz Milwaukee Tuckaway CC Brookfield Academy University of Minnesota
Charles Hyatt Palmyra Lake Geneva CC Palmyra-Eagle HS University of Wisconsin
Ryan Shaw Port Edwards Sand Valley Assumption HS University of Wisconsin
Bennett Waara Sheboygan Pine Hills CC Sheboygan North HS University of Wisconsin
Alexander Oehrlein Sun Prairie Nakoma GC Sun Prairie West HS University of Wisconsin
Albert Pangman Waukesha Blue Mound CC Brookfield Academy University of Wisconsin
Amyra Larry Wauwatosa Westmoor CC West HS University of Wisconsin
Keagan Schmitt Wauwatosa Westmoor CC West HS University of Wisconsin
Konstantinos Tourloukis Wauwatosa Westmoor CC West HS University of Wisconsin
Matthew Chapel West Bend West Bend CC West Bend East HS University of Minnesota

 

The Nakoma Golf Club selection meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, was the fifth of more than 20 meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. Currently, a record 1,100 caddies are enrolled at 22 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,800 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. When the 2022-2023 selection meeting process is completed this spring, an estimated 325 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

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