FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Bujar Rexhepaj of Fairfield, a senior at Fairfield Warde High School and a golf caddie at Brooklawn Country Club, has been awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship.
Rexhepaj will receive a full four-year scholarship for tuition and housing. He will attend Miami University. The scholarship is sponsored by the Western Golf Association.
He was one of four caddies chosen from the tri-state region who interviewed for the scholarship in February in New York City. All four were awarded the scholarship.
Evans Scholars are chosen for the prestigious scholarship based on showing a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The scholarship is valued at more than $80,000 over four years.
“Each of these deserving Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said Dennis O’Keefe, Western Golf Association chairman. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”
Currently, 840 caddies are enrolled in colleges across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 9,800 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded in 1930 by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
These new awards represent a growing effort by the WGA to strengthen relationships with golf associations and golf and country clubs on the East Coast to be able to send more caddies to college through the Evans Scholarship.
Growth in the region is a crucial component of the WGA’s larger plan to send 1,000 caddies to college nationwide by 2020. The goal comes a time when tuition costs are spiraling upwards, and the organization is seeing a record number of scholarship applicants, including from students in the Northeast.
“Continued growth in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and elsewhere in the region will be essential if we are going to reach 1,000 Scholars by 2020,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “Given the Northeast’s rich golf tradition and love of the game, we are confident this area will embrace and support the Evans Scholars Foundation and its mission.”