OGA Provides Annual Donation to Evans Caddie Scholarship Program
Each year the OGA donates $1 for each OGA Member to the Western Golf Association to help fund the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program in the state of Oregon. This year, OGA Chief Executive Officer Barb Trammell provided a check for a little more than $41,000 to Kevin Buggy, Chairman of the Western Golf Association, in an annual ceremony held Thursday, Feb. 20 at Waverley Country Club in Portland.
The OGA works closely with the British Columbia, Idaho and Washington golf associations and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association to help support this long-standing scholarship program.
Since the PNGA established the program in the region in 1948, hundreds of men and women caddies from Northwest clubs, who have had excellent grades and a financial need, have attended major Northwest universities on a four-year, full-tuition and housing scholarship, which is currently valued at $100,000, depending on the university.
There are currently more than 935 Evans Scholars who attend 20 schools nationwide. Most Scholars attend one of the 15 universities across the country where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. It is here where Scholars live and learn together, work with and care for each other.
They are top students, with all 15 Scholarship Houses boasting cumulative GPA’s over 3.2 and 95 percent graduation rates. They are promising change-makers on campus and future leaders in the workplace and in their communities. They are members of campus and community organizations, and they make giving back a priority, at both the chapter and university level. They go on to achieve success in graduate school and in professions that range from teaching to finance.
Funding scholarships is the name of the game. For nearly 80 years, the WGA has administered the Evans Scholars Foundation, one of the nation’s largest privately funded college scholarship programs. This is thanks to Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., who outdistanced his achievements as a champion golfer by setting up his fund. He trusted the WGA with his legacy – and, to date, we’ve awarded more than $348 million in scholarships in his name.