Evans scholarships awarded to three Western Penn seniors

GOLF, IL – Three high school seniors from western Pennsylvania have been awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full tuition college scholarship, for the 2009-10 academic year.

Evans Scholars are golf caddies who were selected based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

The students, whose names are listed below, will attend Penn State University. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has administered the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since its inception in 1930. It is the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program. In Pennsylvania, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association co-sponsors the program with WGA/ESF.

Recipients were chosen after individual interviews with candidates at a recent selection meeting.

“These young men and women have excelled in academics and in service to their schools and communities,” said Don Johnson, president and CEO of the WGA/ESF. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family and look forward to their continued success as college students.”

“The Evans Scholarship is truly a life-changing opportunity for the deserving young men and women who may not otherwise have been able to realize their dream of earning a college education,” said Jeff Harrison, ESF’s vice president of education.

Listed below are the Chick Evans Scholarship recipients, as well as their hometown, sponsoring golf or country club and high school.

Andrew Dugan       Pittsburgh           Pittsburgh Field Club          Fox Chapel
Joshua Kuiros        Pittsburgh           Oakmont Country Club        Plum
Christopher Squeglia  Erie                 The Kahkwa Club            Cathedral Prep

Currently, 845 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, including 18 at Penn State. More than 8,700 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars – including 41 from Penn State – since the program was founded by Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., famed Chicago amateur golfer and winner of the 1916 U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur.

The program has a college graduation rate of over 90 percent and an overall GPA for current Evans Scholars above a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by about 140,000 golfers from around the country. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $4 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to Evans Scholars.

For more information, call (847) 724-4600 or visit www.evansscholarsfoundation.com.

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