College Dreams Fulfilled for Two Las Vegas High School Students Via Evans Caddie Scholarships

When graduating high school students who are part of the Chick Evans Scholars Program get the call that they have earned a full-ride college scholarship through their hard work and dedication, things can get emotional. Such was the case when Dillyn Hall and Nathaly Fernandez from North Las Vegas answered the call. –by Brian Hurlburt, Founder, LasVegasGolfInsider.com

“The first thing that comes to mind about the scholarship is sacrifice because I think it’s a really great accomplishment, but I am also thinking about going away from home for a while,” Fernandez said. “That will be difficult going away to college, but it is definitely worth it.”

Yes, very worth it, as the Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years. To qualify for the Evans Scholarship, students must meet the Program’s four selection criteria and show a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

As the Evans Scholars Program continues to grow nationwide, more students from newer areas, including Las Vegas, are being introduced to the opportunity to caddie and potentially earn a full college scholarship. Currently, 10+ students from the state of Nevada are attending college on the Evans Scholarship, a number that continues to grow annually. There are 24 partner schools with the Evans Scholarship.

Fernandez is going to Univ. of Wisconsin and Hall is going to Univ. of Washington.

“These kids will make great Evans Scholars and are terrific representatives of the greater Las Vegas golfing community,” said Tom Fitzgerald, an Evans Scholar alum, who oversees this region with Jack Todd, another alum. “I think the late, great Chick Evans would be very, very pleased with what his caddie-Alumni are attempting and accomplishing throughout America. Jack and I are very fortunate to work with and beside superior college counselors at the primary high schools that we recruit. They fully understand the financial and educational value of the Evans Scholarship, which is estimated at $125,000 over four years. They go out of their way to review their freshman class kids to send us their cream of the crop kids who come from families in clear-need of financial aid and who have a 3.8 GPA or better. We are so successful because of their efforts.”

Both Hall and Fernandez were participants of the Chicago Chapter of the Caddie Academy, a unique summer program run by the Western Golf Association that provides caddie opportunities to promising high school students from across the country. Through caddying, students have a chance to earn money, meet role models and learn valuable life lessons on the golf course. After successfully completing three summers of the Program, participants can become eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dillyn and Nathaly to the Evans Scholars family,” said WGA Chairman Steve Colnitis. “Their dedication in the classroom, on the golf course and in their community represent what our Program has been about since 1930.”

Hall, a senior at Bonanza High School, will be a first-generation college student. She caddied at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois, and plans to study accounting.

“Caddying has shaped me as a person and shown me how capable I am,” she said. “I was able to build relationships, broaden my horizons and grow my work ethic. Thanks to caddying and the inspiration of my aunt and uncle who have raised me, I am confident in my future.”

Fernandez, a senior at Nevada State High School-Henderson, caddied at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. Also a first-generation college student, she plans to study education and be a teacher.

“Being a caddie was a great chance for me to build communication skills and etiquette because I had to interact with golfers daily,” she said. “Another benefit of this opportunity was networking with successful people and asking questions and getting advice.”

The Western Golf Association (WGA), 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 1,130 caddies are enrolled at 24 universities as Evans Scholars, and more than 12,040 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the Program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

About the Evans Scholars Foundation

Established by the WGA and famed amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition scholarships to high-achieving caddies across the country. Currently, a record 1,130 caddies are enrolled in 24 leading universities across the nation as Evans Scholars. The Program, which is supported by the WGA, is funded by contributions from more than 36,000 Par Club members, including Evans Scholars Alumni, as well as proceeds from the BMW Championship. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 12,000 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars.