Providence senior lands on college fairway with Evans Scholarship | Education

Jeff Vorva Times Correspondent

One afternoon shortly before Thanksgiving, Providence Catholic elder Matthew Martin turned the key and looked in his mailbox, but received nothing from the Western Golf Association. .

The WGA is involved in the Evans Scholarship program, and Martin was hoping to win one of the coveted prizes.

Never mind. Maybe it will come another day.

Turns out the Orland Park resident had a grateful Thanksgiving. After knocking on the mailbox, he noticed a package on his porch.

“I understood straight away what it was,” he said. “I was so happy and excited.”

The Evans Scholarship is a boon for high school graduates: it is valued at more than $120,000 over four years.

The WGA announced in January that Martin was one of 65 Chicago-area students to have received the scholarship, which provides full housing and tuition to golf caddies.

According to a press release, each winner reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong cadet record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and exceptional character.

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“These young men and women are part of an outstanding incoming class of New Scholar caddies from across the country,” WGA President Joe Desch said in the statement. “They represent what the Evans Scholars program has been since 1930.”

An estimated 315 cadets are expected to receive the Evans Scholarship across the country.

Caddies Martin at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale.

“It’s the perfect job for someone my age,” Martin said. “I’ve been doing this for five years and who hires 4th graders except for the golf courses? It’s a chance to get outside, exercise, meet great people and learn about golf, a sport I love.

One of the people he has met on the course is Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews.

“I was a caddy in his group and I got to spend four hours with him,” Martin said. “That was great. He probably can’t remember my name now.

Around Providence, they surely know his name. Martin is a man in constant motion. He is on the golf and volleyball teams. He is president of the school’s student council, a member of the National Honor Society, competes on the Scholastic Bowl and Mock Trial teams, is a student ambassador, and is a member of the science club and other organizations.

If that’s not enough, he started a bag club that grew from a handful of students to 70 members.

How does he juggle such a crazy schedule?

“I’m not always the most organized person,” he admitted. “I try to prioritize things. Who would benefit the most from my presence? »

The Evans Scholars Foundation works with select colleges and caddies can submit a wish list of where they would like to go.

Martin hasn’t chosen his college yet, but he’s considering finance as a major.

He said his dream job would be in golf finance.

A record 1,070 caddies are enrolled at 21 universities across the country as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,500 have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program’s inception by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles ” Chick » Evans Jr.

“These young students have each demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their communities and on the golf course,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We are proud to welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Evans Scholars Alumni donates more than $17 million annually, with all proceeds from the BMW Championship going to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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