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4 Fenwick Seniors Named 2019 Evans Caddie Scholars

April 12, 2019

Quartet joins 18 other Friars, now enrolled at universities around the country, who are fellow recipients of the golf-related, four-year full scholarship.

By Mark Vruno

The Western Golf Association (WGA) and its Evans Scholars Foundation have released the names of four Fenwick High School seniors who will receive the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship for the 2019-23 school years. 

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From left in photo:

  • Krystian Wenc of River Grove/St. Cyprian, (Oak Park Country Club, River Grove) – Marquette University
  • Julia Wilk of Chicago/St. Luke – River Forest, (Ruth Lake Country Club, Hinsdale) – University of Illinois
  • Zinia Nevarez of Berwyn/Freedom Middle School, (Riverside Golf Club, Riverside) – University of Illinois
  • Ethan Bielowicz of Chicago/Mary, Seat of Wisdom – Park Ridge (Ridgemoor Country Club, Harwood Heights) – University of Minnesota

These four soon-to-be graduates join 18 other former Fenwick students presently enrolled in universities as Evans Scholars, including five from the Class of 2018. Each award covers full tuition and housing for four years. An additional 256 Evans Scholarships are being awarded to other Class of ’19 caddies from around the United States.

“The Evans Scholarship Program has provided a truly exceptional opportunity to our students over the years,” said Richard Borsch, Director of Student Services & College Counseling at Fenwick. “Again this year, the selection committee has granted full scholarships to these four seniors. We are proud and grateful.”

Legendary amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans (at left, 1890-1979) aspired to send deserving caddies to college. Sponsoring country clubs can nominate a young man or woman possessing “a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need,” according to the WGA.

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Charles "Chick" Evans

Evans Scholarship Facts

Since they were first awarded to NU students in 1930, nearly 11,000 young men and women have been awarded Evans Scholarships to some of the nation’s top universities. Presently, 965 students receive the award. On campus, they live together in a Scholarship House owned by the WGA’s Evans Scholars Foundation. Four additional statistics:

  1. The average value of an Evans Scholarship is $100,000.
  2. The college graduation rate for Evans Scholars is 95%.
  3. Evans Scholars’ collective, cumulative GPA is 3.3.
  4. The program’s scholarship costs exceed $20 million annually.

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