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6 Fenwick Seniors Named 2022 Evans Caddie Scholars

Sextet joins more than 15 other Friars, now enrolled at universities around the country, who are fellow recipients of the golf-related, four-year full scholarship.
The Western Golf Association (WGA) and its Evans Scholars Foundation have released the names of six Fenwick High School seniors who will receive the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship for the 2022-26 school years (from left:)
  • Daniel Ruggie – River Forest/St. Luke, Oak Park C.C. & the University of Missouri!
  • Elijah Bolger – Berwyn/St. Mary of Riverside, Riverside C.C. & Marquette University!
  • Natalie Archacki – Chicago/O.A. Thorp Academy & Ridgemoor C.C. (Harwood Heights, IL) & the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)!
  • Anastasia Shkibara – River Grove/Rhodes Elementary, Oak Park C.C. & Indiana University!
  • Hugo Nunez – Berwyn/St. Leonard, Oak Park C.C. & Northwestern University!
  • Zecharia Daley – Oak Park/St. Vincent Ferrer & Oak Park C.C. & University of Washington (Seattle)!
The six soon-to-be graduates will join more than 15 other former Fenwick students presently enrolled in universities as Evans Scholars, including four from the Class of 2021. (Recent alumna Gabriella Cavalieri ’21 of Western Springs/St. Cletus School in La Grange, who caddied at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook, IL, is receiving a three-year award for her remaining undergraduate studies at Marquette in Milwaukee.) Each award covers full tuition and housing for four years. More than 250 additional Evans Scholarships are being awarded to other Class of ’22 caddies from around the United States.
“The Evans Scholarship Program has provided a truly exceptional opportunity to our students over the years,” said Emily Anderson, one of two college counselors at Fenwick. “Again this year, the selection committee has granted full scholarships to these six seniors. We are proud and grateful.”
Legendary amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans (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.
Evans Scholarship Facts
Since they were first awarded to NU students in 1930, more than 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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