Ben Niehaus ’15 was among a group of nine students from Missouri who was awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship – a full, four-year housing and tuition college scholarship awarded to golf caddies. The students were awarded the Scholarship on January 15 at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin and will begin college as Evans Scholars at the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall. Ben is the second Chaminade student in a row to earn this honor. Andrew Acree '14 was selected as an Evans Scholar last year.
Evans Scholars are chosen based on demonstrating a strong caddie record, excellent academics, outstanding character and financial need. The scholarship is valued at more than $80,000 over four years. Selected students attend a university where the Foundation owns and operates an Evans Scholarship House, including the University of Missouri.
The Missouri selection meeting was one of more than a dozen meetings the Western Golf Association is holding across the country through the end of March, awarding 250 new scholarships in the process.
The WGA, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is among the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship programs.
“Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, there is little doubt that these young men and women have earned this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of the WGA. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”
Currently, 870 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,000 caddies, including 450 from Missouri, have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
“These hard-working young men and women have personified sacrifice and dedication in the classroom, on the golf course and in their communities,” said Pat Reilly, a lead WGA Director in Missouri and a Missouri Evans Alum. “They are more than deserving of this life-changing opportunity, and we look forward to watching them grow over the next four years.”
Scholarship funds come primarily from contributions by 26,000 golfers across the country who are members of the WGA Evans Scholars Par Club. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $8 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 the Evans Scholars Foundation. Visit www.wgaesf.org for more information.
Ben joins the following Chick Evans Scholarship recipients who were awarded the scholarship to the University of Missouri beginning this fall, as well as their high school and sponsoring golf or country club.
Brendan Conlon, Marquette, Meadowbrook CC
Stacie Davis, Incarnate Word Academy, Norwood Hills CC
Madeleine Dawson, Nerinx Hall, St. Louis CC
Mackenzie Giorgi, Mehlville, Sunset CC
Riley Hogan, Trinity Catholic, Norwood Hills CC
Brian Ingberg, Parkway West, Meadowbrook CC
Benjamin Niehaus, Chaminade College Prep, Bellerive CC
John Perlongo, Lindbergh, Sunset CC
Holly Swartz, St. Francis Borgia, Boone Valley GC
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